Grimes on Fallon

On August 16, 2012, in Music, song, tech, by mugen

Grimes played on Jimmy Fallon Tuesday night. My stupid cable service caught maybe 20 seconds of the end of her performance of “Genesis,” but the InterWebz comes thru:

http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/real-housewives-of-late-night/video/Grimes:-Genesis-(8/14/12)/1413393

Grimes – Genesis Live from Carola Barbieri on Vimeo.

UPDATE (12/2014): Found it again on Vimeo! Awesome! Thanks SheIsNameless/Carola Barbieri!

UPDATE: NBC seems to take stuff down after a bit. Sad. They also seem to block video updates to YouTube. So if you didn’t see it before, you’re just f’d.

Here’s the audio from that Fallon show.

Next best thing: photos of the event at Stereogum.

Golly, she sure gets cuter every time I see her. Cool to see her rig and how she handles live performance.

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Nintendo Meets Booty-Shakin’

On June 4, 2012, in Music, song, by mugen

Hyper Crush – “Keep Up”

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I’d never heard of either of the bands opening for The Naked and Famous on April 9 at The Vogue in Indianapolis. Since I had at least a two-hour drive to get to the show (and thinking that the time zone would change… which it did, sorta, but not to any advantage), I figured I’d check them out at least a bit with whatever I could find online. I found about 10 songs by the Minneapolis band Now, Now on YouTube and gave them a listen to prep for the show. My selection was a mix of tunes from their 2010 Neighbors EP and their 2012 CD Threads. For me, their best tune is “Wolf.”

The live set itself was pretty great. The lighting was muted and subtle, and the band had to play in a small space at the front of the stage in front of the other two bands’ gear, but the closeness made the set more intimate, as if Now, Now were playing on a smaller stage, like in a bar. I could hear the band talk to one another — Jess was having trouble tuning her guitar before a song, and she told the others “Don’t go yet!” It all added to the intimacy of the set, which was a nice counterpoint to The Naked and Famous set that came later.

They played several songs I recognized, but again, I really dug “Wolf,” and they dedicated “Roommates” to the woman working the merch table (who was REALLY cool and helpful when I arrived and picked up my special order items). After their set, during Vacationer’s show, the totally adorable Jess worked the merch table and signed a copy of Threads for me. The generosity and humilty was really awesome. At the end of the night, the whole band was working the merch table and agreed to sign a poster for me and posed for this pic.

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Jack White – “Sixteen Saltines”

On April 14, 2012, in Music, song, by mugen

Much less country-fried and more alt.rock than I expected, the video starts off like the promo for a very weird cable TV show or a niche movie starring almost-famous weirdos you only think you’ve heard of. From there, the audacity of the images is only undermined by the obviousness of the attempt to be audacious – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s a media-studies “impact on children” nightmare, intentionally so. The kid pushing the cart off the second floor was literally vertiginous for me. White’s voice was obviously totally him, but with a more worldly, nuanced tone or sound or something, and I can dig it.

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Grimes – “Oblivion”

On April 14, 2012, in Music, song, by mugen

Interesting… I dig something about this tune, but I’m not sure if my interest will last, or if it’s just a passing “hmmm…”

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New Tune by LMFAO – “One Day”

On March 27, 2012, in Music, song, by mugen

I dunno how I feel about it. I’d definitely be playing the hell out of it if I were still DJing in Japan, for sure. But compared to their “stupider” stuff, it’s less satisfying… I like their humor more than anything.

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Manson & … Shia LeBeouf?

On March 21, 2012, in Music, song, by mugen

Weird. Makes Shia LeBeouf about a zillion times more interesting — he directed the short film/music video for Marilyn Manson’s “Born Villain,” and compares it to Un Chien Andalou – Salvador Dali’s and Jean Cocteau’s Andalusian Dog.

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Marilyn Manson

On March 21, 2012, in Music, by mugen

So… Brian’s still around. And making music, as well as painting and dropping odd quotes here and there from Shakespeare and others. Definitely still a challenge, but maybe with a different angle on things? I dunno.

Personally, I think AntiChrist Superstar is one of the best albums I’ve ever encountered. Since then… hits and misses.

Check out the music videos page. MM’s cover of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” is pretty great.

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Starter Kit

On March 19, 2012, in Music, by mugen

My former student Ryan is guitarist (and media guy) for Starter Kit. Their newest release looks to be 2009’s Unsettled.

Video for their song “Twilight Regret”:

I saw them back in … 2005 maybe?… in Dekalb, Illinois. The keyboardist is a new addition. They’ve stayed in the same hard rock vein with melodic vocals and emotional/internal/relationship-inspired lyrics. They’ve moved a bit away from their former frenetic constantly noodly guitarwork (I liked it!). You can see what I mean about their older stuff here in their first video, for “Tomorrow’s Never Better”:

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