Tuesday, December 30, 2008

it's our destiny

slumdog millionaire was SO CUTE. i loved everything about it, including the soundtrack + score (i guess i'm catching up with soundtracks now, eh?)

---> mausum and escap - a.r. rahman <---
---> paper planes (dfa remix) - m.i.a. <---

the very end was a beautiful bollywood sequence that i just want to watch over and over.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

tell me, friend, can you ask for anything more?

bruce springsteen might as well get ready to thank the academy again. his song of the same name for the wrestler is so incredibly beautiful.

---> the wrestler <---

while i'm at it here's some other songs the boss did for movies. he won an oscar for "streets of philadelphia" from philadelphia and "secret garden" from jerry maguire is just plain awesome.

---> streets of philadelphia <---
---> secret garden <---


movie soundtracks 2k8

i love movie soundtracks. i wasn't so on top of them this year as in pervious years. i do want to discuss three of them; one score that i love, one soundtrack that i love and one soundtrack that is terrible but has one absolutely amazing song on it.

firstly, my love for hans zimmer knows no bounds. his score for frost/nixon is so beautiful.

---> the numbers - hans zimmer <---

the good soundtrack is tropic thunder. it is amazing and chock full of songs i've always loved, and some guilty pleasures too. it also has a few songs i've never heard before that are wonderful.

---> the name of the game (the crystal method's big a** t.t. mix) - the crystal method <---

and now the soundtrack that is terrible: twilight. (we won't get into the movie itself. haha. i may have loved it but i'll never tellll). the soundtrack, which made bank, is filled with mediocre rock songs. actually, it's the kind of stuff i would have liked in high school (for shame) so i guess i can see how it made so much money. it does, however, have one shinning light, namely iron & wine.

---> flightless bird, american mouth - iron & wine <---

how the music producers convinced sam beam to put his song on this shitty soundtrack i will never understand.


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

chestnuts roasting on an open fire

i work all day today and then i fly to my parents' house for christmas tomorrow morning, so this might be my last chance to post some christmas music. i'm going to post a few favorites.

my all time favorite:

---> the christmas song - nat king cole <---

---> you're a mean one, mr. grinch <---
---> last christmas - wham! <---
---> skating - vince guaraldi trio <---
---> run run rudolph - chuck berry <---

i posted this last year too, but it's just so damn good.

---> christmas wrapping - the waitresses <---

i'll see you in another life, when we are both cats.

the end of vanilla sky always kills me.

"it was sophia who never fully recovered. it was she who somehow knew you best. and like you she never forgot that one night where true loved seemed possible."

cameron crowe soundtracks are always boss. this one is particularly good, and his song choice for this moment makes it all the more heartwrenching.

---> spiritualized - ladies and gentlemen we are floating in space <---


Sunday, December 21, 2008

blue christmas

more sad christmas. this time elvis style.

---> santa bring my baby back to me <---
---> blue christmas <---

here's some happy elvis christmas too.

---> it's christmas time pretty baby <---
---> winter wonderland <---
---> silver bells <---
---> silent night <---

Saturday, December 20, 2008

wise men say only fools rush in

elvis and priscilla were too cute together.

---> can't help falling in love - elvis presley <---

love me tender

this is one of the best things i've ever seen.

---> love me tender - elvis presley <--

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

sad christmas

later on i'll post some happy christmas songs. but here are some sad ones.

---> ben folds five - brick <---

---> rilo kiley - xmas cake <---


Thursday, December 11, 2008

top ten albums of 2008

here is my list of favorite albums of the year. i'm not going to call this a "best list" just favorites.

1. me› su› í eyrum vi› spilum endalaust - sigur rós

---> Inní mér syngur vitleysingur <---

2. day & age - the killers

---> spaceman <---

3. chinese democracy - guns n' roses

---> madagascar <---

4. talking through tin cans - the morning benders

---> loose change <---

5. forth - the verve

---> love is noise <---

6. dig out your soul - oasis

---> the nature of reality <---

7. fleet foxes - fleet foxes

---> white winter hymnal <---

8. hold on now youngster / we are beautiful, we are doomed - los campesinos!

---> documented minor emotional breakdown #1 <---

9. flight of the conchords - flight of the conchords

---> foux du fafa <---

10. a mad & faithful telling - devotchka

---> transliterator <---

you can buy alllll sorts of awesome albums here at insound.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

they can dance if they wanna dance

i saw freaking OASIS earlier this week and got some mad wicked videos, which i am now sharing with you.

the masterplan


champagne supernova

i am the walrus


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

concert update

i saw stars for the third time tonight. they continue to be the most amazing entertainers.


i saw sigur rós at the greek in berkeley on friday. fucking epic.

more videos / photos

i will be seeing asobi seksu at the rickshaw stop (for $11.25! score!) in a few weeks and oasis at the oakland arena in december. i think i might get tickets to see ben folds at the warfield and css at bimbo's too.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

i get by with a little help from my friends

this isn't music related. but i figured i might as well post this anywhere i can. so here you go.

so my aunt linda was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago. she beat it once. last year it came back. she's still fighting it. last fall my cousin christine, her daughter, was diagnosed. she's still fighting. last week they discovered that my cousin wendy has the gene. so she might get it as well. same with her daughter. and christine's two little girls. in fact, last week christine's 10 year old daughter samantha asked my uncle mike if one day she'll get breast cancer, since her mom and her grandma both have it. that nearly broke his heart.

my mom, my uncle and i are walking in the san francisco 60 mile, 3 day breast cancer walk in september. i have to raise $2000 in order to participate. aka i need to have that money raised or i can't walk. i've got about a month left. and i'm nowhere near my goal. so, i'm asking you guys. any help is better than no help. $5 even would be great.

here's the link ---> http://08.the3day.org/site/TR/Walk/SanFranciscoBayAreaEvent?px=2066210&pg=personal&fr_id=1188&s_tafId=75838 <--- to my online donation page. it only takes a few minutes and it would mean the world to me.

thank youuuuuu.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

love is noise, love is pain

so one of the many sad things about not having the time to post in so long is i didn't have a chance to write about the various concerts i've gone to recently. i saw rogue wave at the fillmore. SO GOOD. they brought out john vanderslice. i saw los campesinos! at bimbo's. those kids really know how to put on a show. i feel like it if they hosted a dance party it would be impossible *not* to have fun. most importantly i saw THE VERVE at the warfield. i waited ten years to see them. they were so good i really have no words.

i have an album of photos i took here.

and now i share with you their badass new single + the video that goes with.

---> love is noise <---

The Verve - Love Is Noise

you can buy their albums here at insound.


Tuesday, July 8, 2008

inside of me sings a lunatic

first new post (one of many i hope). so a crop of my favorite artists (and one guilty pleasure) released new albums this summer. i thought death cab for cutie's narrow stairs was incredibly boring. i really hated just about all of my morning jacket's evil urges -- which is incredibly sad because i really love jim james. i just think they missed the mark with this one. and viva la vida or death and all his friends by coldplay (the guilty pleasure) was completely underwhelming. however, to make up for all of this -- and really it is SO GOOD that it *does* make up for all the crap -- came me› su› í eyrum vi› spilum endalaust from sigur rós. this album is so fucking great. i have very few words. i'm sharing track #2 with you because it is the stuff that dreams are made of. i love it.

---> inní mér syngur vitleysingur <---

oh, and did i mention that i am SEEING SIGUR FUCKING ROS in october. because you better believe i am.

you can buy me› su› í eyrum vi› spilum endalaus here at insound.


been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time

wow. i've been m.i.a. for a loooooong time. sorry guys. i just graduated from berkeley and moved to san francisco. and don't have a very good internet connection right now. but a new post is coming. i swear!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

do you do you like dreaming of things...

...so impossible or only the practical?

so this dashboard confessional ep is SO CUTE. according to wiki:

The album is a concept album. It chronicles the protagonist as he longs after a girl in "For You To Notice." In the next track, "So Impossible", he asks her on a date. In "Remember to Breathe", a friend is helping him prepare for his date. Finally, "Hands Down" talks about what Carrabba routinely calls "the best day I ever had."

look at the album art:


i think i have like 6 different versions of hands down (including the one featuring michael stipe that i posted earloer).

and now the lyrics/ mp3s:

---> for you to notice <---

I'm starting to fashion an idea in my head
where I would impress you
with every single word I said.
Would come out insightful, or brave, or smooth, or charming
and you'd want to call me..
And I would be there every time
you'd need me
I'd be there every time...

But for now I'll look so longingly
For you to want me, for you to need me, for you to notice me

I'm starting to fashion an idea in my head
where I would impress you
with every single word I said.
Would come out insightful, or brave, or smooth, or charming
and you'd want to call me..
And I would be there every time
you'd need me
I'd be there every time...

But for now I'll look so longingly
For you to want me, for you to need me, for you to notice me

---> so impossible <---

So she says
"Everyone's going to the party,
won't you come if I come
with a friend for your friend?
I'd be so pleased to see you
out of the classroom wearing the smile that I'll bring you.
I was hoping to learn a few things like..
Do you do you like dishing the dirt
on the whole class or
talking the big smack or
playing the fool or
wearing all of the latest fashions
or bucking the new trends
or wearing your old threads.
or If you like coffee in the evening
These are a few things that I'd like to know
that I'd like to know"

So I say...
"I've been scheduled to work but I'll call in
and my friend isn't busy
he'd be happy to join me
and maybe my friend
and your friend
will hit it off or maybe we will?"

I'm dying to know
do you do you like dreaming of things
so impossible or only the practical
or ever the wild or waiting through all your bad bad days
just to end them with
someone you care about
or do you like making out
and long drives and brown eyes
and guys that just
don't quite fit in
yeah do you like them
So yes, I'll see you there.

---> remember to breath <---

She fixes her lips,
They always look perfect.
Never a smudge line,
never too much.

I try on my blue shirt,
she told me she liked it...once.
She wonders what I'll wear.
She knows just what she'll wear.
She always wears blue.

So sneakers or flip-flops?
I'm starting to panic, wait wait
Remember she asked you,
remember to breathe.
And everything will be okay.


---> hands down <---

Breathe in for luck
Breathe in so deep
This air is blessed
You share with me
This night is wild
So calm and dull
These hearts, they race
From self-control
Your legs are smooth
As they graze mine
We're doing fine
We're doing nothing at all

My hopes are so high that your kiss might kill me
So won't you kill me
So I die happy
My heart is yours to fill or burst
To break or bury
Or wear as jewelry
Whichever you prefer

The words are hushed
Let's not get busted
Just lay entwined here
Safe in here from all the stupid questions
"Hey did you get some?"
Man that is so dumb
Stay quiet
Stay near
Stay close, they can't hear
So we can get some

My hopes are so high that your kiss might kill me
So won't you kill me
So I die happy
My heart is yours to fill or burst
To break or bury
Or wear as jewelry
Whichever you prefer

Hands down this is the best day I can ever remember
I'll always remember the sound of the stereo
The dim of the soft lights
The scent of your hair
That you twirled in your fingers
And the time on the clock
When we realized it's so late
And this walk that we shared together
And the streets were wet
And the gate was locked
So I jumped in
And I let you in
And you stood at your door
With your hands on my waist
And you kissed me like you meant it
And I knew
That you meant it
That you meant it
That you meant it
And I knew
That you meant it
That you meant it

+ cute silly little video for hands down

you can buy dashboard stuffs here at insound.


Friday, April 11, 2008

hands down this is the best day i can ever remember

dashboard confessional featuring michael stipe? this is kind of old, but i just discovered it. but srsly how can i not share this!?

---> hands down - dashboard confessional feat. michael stipe <---

you can buy dashboard stuffz here @ insound.


Tuesday, April 1, 2008

i miss you

so lately i've been listening to basically nothing but blink-182. that's just what i'm in the mood for. my last.fm weekly chart for last week was insane. so i thought i would spread this madness to here. so i think my favorite of all their albums is their very last one. self-titled or untitled? i'm perfectly fine leaving that question unanswered. this album makes me really sad because clearly their sound was evolving from pop-punk, a sound which in my opinion they perfected, to something a little more grown up. and i love it. maybe someday they'll come back from their "indefinite hiatus." i know i cannot wait.

so now i'm going to share with you my three favorite videos. the first of which is always. this may well be one of my favorite music videos EVER.

second is i miss you:

and lastly adam's song. whenever this song came on at work (i used to work in a fro-yo shop) i would turn the volume up WAY PAST the maximum we were supposed to have it. i'm a bit of a rebel.

now i'm going to share my favorite tracks. three are from their last album and then one each from enema of the state and take off your pants and jacket:

--> i miss you <--
--> always <--
--> all of this <-- (the vocals on this track are by robert smith of the cure)
--> adam's song <--
--> stay together for the kids <--

you can buy all their albums here at amazon.com


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

you talk. you talk a good game.

it's pete doherty's birthday!

my computer died recently. so i can't post any tracks. thus i give you the video for the babyshambles song "you talk"

Monday, February 25, 2008

out of the ash i rise with my red hair and i eat men like air

i came across the most amazing thing ever: poetry meets music they're mash-ups (sorta) of, well, poetry with music. the poets reading their poetry set to the most amazing music. these are my favorite

---> america (the highs and lows) - allen ginsberg & the trouble lights <---

---> for the union dead (metamorphosis) - robert lowell & philip glass <---

---> lady lazarus (l'america) - sylvia plath & the doors <---

you can download them all for free here

falling slowly, eyes that know me

one of my favorite parts of the oscars last night:

---> falling slowly - glen hansard / markéta irglová <---

Friday, February 15, 2008

you are oneiric, that word's a shy pick...

...it means you float around on clouds.

one of the things i love the most about living in the bay area is the local music scene. one of my favorites is timothy rabbit who was voted by the readers of the daily californian as the best local musician in both 2006 and 2007. i did a pretty fun interview with him two years ago. i can't seem to find the link to it, but there is still a link up to the article that went with it.

so i share with you two songs from his it's always snowing . . . in iceland ep and two from the yet to be released swim, fish, swim.

---> long distances <---
---> i spy... <---
---> warm milk <---
---> sina's song <---

you can check out more tunes and buy it's always snowing . . . in iceland at his myspace:


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

i've just seen a face

i found some random covers of beatles songs on my computer and have no clue where i got them, but they're pretty awesome.

---> i've just seen a face - the dillards <---

---> across the universe - the curtain society <---



mash-up made in heaven

"intro-inspection" by osymyso is maybe the most amazing thing i've ever heard. it's a 12 minute mash-up of everything under the sun. you can read all about it at wikipedia.

---> intro-inspection <---


Monday, February 11, 2008

Sunday, February 10, 2008

in a room with a window in the corner i found truth

i just got les bains douches which is a live album by joy division, recorded on december 18th, 1979 at les bains douches, Paris (as well as a few other places in europe) on vinyl and it is pretty much amazing. i really need a time machine so i can go back and time and see joy division live.

---> disorder (live at les bains douches) <---
---> love will tear us apart (live at les bains douches) <---
---> shadowplay (live at les bains douches) <---

rhino records has some great joy division albums (including vinyl!) here.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

it's these little things, they can pull you under

i think r.e.m.'s automatic for the people is pretty much one of the most perfect albums ever. the more i listen to it the more i love it. and honestly, can anyone listen to "everybody hurts" and not think of the end of that episode of my so-called life? i think not.

---> everybody hurts <---
---> sweetness follows <---
---> monty got a raw deal <---
---> man on the moon <---

you can buy r.e.m. albums here at amazon.


Thursday, February 7, 2008

you don't look different, but you have changed

i've been listening to all my beatles on vinyl. i inherited (stole) a lot of the older stuff from my parents and found rubber soul for $1 at a thrift store (score!), but i really need to get revolver and let it be! here's some of my favorite tracks that i don't often see talked about.

---> i'm looking through you (from rubber soul) <---
---> baby you're a rich man (from magical mystery tour) <---
---> happiness is a warm gun (from the white album) <---

you can get beatles albums on cd (lame) here.