Sunday, July 31, 2005
Ugh! I just haven't felt like writing anything in the past week. I've been quite depressed lately, although I did feel somewhat better when I started playing Civilization II, but that doesn't make me feel any more like doing a blog post because it's so fucking addictive. I like to call it "Civilcrack", although I bet there's a better drug name that someone could come up with as a metaphor to describe its addictive qualities.
I never beat Civ I, even on the easiest level, but I did manage to beat Civ II on the easiest level just now. Both ways. I was Canute, high priest of the Vikings, and I lead my religious fundamentalist civilization to great accomplishments and we prospered, even with the annoyance of the warmongering Russians at our eastern border. But eventually, my army of relgious fanatics and cavalry units took revenge on that bitch, Catherine the Great, and destroyed her civilization without mercy. We also conquered the Americans and sent their leader, Eleanor Roosevelt, to the guillotine, just because they were there and standing in the way of our manifest destiny. We also brought the Hammurabi's Babylonian civilization to its knees, and at that point, we reached a crossroads. We could either end our campaign of conquest and develop a spaceship to colonize Alpha Centauri, or we could send the Babylonians on the way of the Russians and the Americans. So, I saved the game at that point and did both. And it was fun!
Okay... now for what a couple of you have been waiting for...
Right after fucking up the Tammy Ealom interview, I had a revelation. You see, whenever it seems like my radio show could get popular, I sabotage my own success either intentionally or unintentionally. Ending the Sergio show was intentional. Screwing up the Tammy interview was unintentional. It seems that my show just can't get popular after a certain point. And I've figured out why...
I'm actually an emo boy.
If you play the first installment of the emo video game (Warning: Not Safe For Work or Other Public Places), there's a scene in which Jeremy Enigk tells the heroes (a group of emo luminaries including Conor Oberst, Chris Carraba, some guy from Mineral, some guy from At the Drive-In, and Atom from Atom and His Package (?!)) that all emo boys have ovaries, and these ovaries preserve their integrity and keep them from getting too popular and selling out. And because of that, an emo band's third album will always suck. And I guess that Atom does fit in because his third album sucked. "Shopping Spree" was a good song, and I love "If You Like the Washington Redskins, You're a Cock", but that's it. Now, it's been a long time since I played the emo game, so I can't remember how exactly these ovaries make emo boys suck, but they do. And the reason why Jimmy Eat World got as popular as they are is because they had their ovaries removed.
So, I think that the reason why my show hasn't been successful is that I have ovaries and they make me sabotage my chances at success. The reason why is because I'm meant to be in a band, and my ovaries are keeping me from squandering my 15 minutes of fame before I start this band. So, that's why my show has stayed at a low level of popularity for my whole career.
Another reason why I suspect that I'm emo and have ovaries is that I started listening to Weezer again this summer. It started when I saw this comic and had the urge to hear "Undone", but then I progressed to "Only In Dreams", and I just started listening to that song over and over again. I can't believe I like that song so much. It's so fucking sappy. Enough sap to provide maple syrup for five hundred billion pancakes.
Watch out, I might start liking "At Your Funeral" by Saves the Day. But only if I don't get to see the video again. Whenever I saw that video, I got the urge to punch their singer's face just because he looks like the stereotypical Christian white boy that's concerned for my soul and tries to get me to pray with him. Nothing personal. ^_^
You might wonder why I don't play/listen to emo if I actually am emo. It's probably because I had no access to emo in high school. Emo hadn't reached the middle east of Ohio at that point, so instead, I had the Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam. If you want emotion, there's loads of it on a Smashing Pumpkins record. And it's not doled out in the form generic indie rock. Just listen to epic tracks like "The Aeroplane Flies High", which is eight minutes of guitar soloing and angst the likes of which most people can't dredge up. Anyway, listening to that stuff stunted my emo growth.
But yes, I'm very emotional, and that's why I don't have a livejournal, or whatever, and don't get really personal on here. If I gave you all the details of my life and how I'm feeling, you'd either be very worried about me, or you'd laugh at me and make me more depressed. And again, that's drama KING to you, not drama queen, you insensitive asshole!
So, anyway, I'm emo, and when I have my band (and I'm never going to warn you about this again, so pay attention), my third album will suck in a bad way. Unless it's a singles/b-sides/rarities collection. Those don't count. Not sure about EPs, though.
In other news, my review of the latest Tullycraft album was published on Mundane Sounds last week. Click here to read it.
And that's it. I can't remember if I had anything else to say.
Monday, July 25, 2005
If you don't know anything about Katamari Damacy or Rose Melberg, much of this show will not make sense to you.
If you know much about both Katamari Damacy and Rose Melberg, I wish to pledge my everlasting love to you and shack up with you right now.
I have no idea who that Canadian listener was. If that listener had come right out and said he/she/it was Rose Melberg or someone from Duplex, I don't know what I would have done. Maybe squealed with giddiness for the rest of the show.
I still have to play that extra track from the vinyl version of the new Dressy Bessy album. It's really good. If you were at the show, it's the song they played while Rob was replacing that broken bass string.
Oh, and if you do like Katamari Damacy and would love to have the soundtrack, click here.
I'll post something else later when I have time...
(Did anyone like that song that I posted on Friday? The guy who is curating the compilation that I was submitting it for didn't like it, so now I think it sucks.)
set 1 (9:06-9:41)
(some music from Katamari Damacy)
Brian Jonestown Massacre "Johnny Marr Is Dead" Your Side of Our Story
The Jessica Fletchers "Magic Bar" Less Sophistication
Boyracer "Louise" Insults and Insights
The Brunettes "Polyester Meets Acetate" Mars Loves Venus
Sloan "Try to Make It" A Sides Win
Barmitzvah Brothers "Dedication to Fraudulation" The Night of the Party
Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players "Don't You Know What I Mean"
St. Etienne "I'm Too Sexy" The Fred EP
Marbles "Out of Zone" Expo
set 2 (9:50-10:17)
Pleaseeasaur "Beef Flavored Island" Beef Flavored Island Adventures
Cheese On Bread "I Like Cheese" Maybe Maybe Maybe Baby
Cheese On Bread "How Long Have You Been Haitian?" Maybe Maybe Maybe Baby
Duplex "Salad Song" Ablum
Le Tigre "Fake French" Feminist Sweepstakes
DJ Madson "I Don't Wanna Wait (The Rapture)" (using "Fake French" by Le Tigre) The God Who Wasn't There Soundtrack
Le Tigre "Mediocrity Rules" From the Desk of Mr. Lady
The Smiths "Bigmouth Strikes Again" The Queen Is Dead
Brian Jonestown Massacre "A New Low In Getting High" ...And This Is Our Music
Pants Yell! "'83 in '05" '83 in '05 7"
set 3 (10:31-11:00)
Mirah "While We Have the Sun (4-Track Home)" PDX POP NOW!
Land of Ill Earthquakes "12th Time" Land of Ill Earthquakes
The Blow "Pile of Gold" PDX POP NOW!
buttersprites "Dog Food" buttersprites
The Softies "all in good time" the softies
Rose Melberg "Devoted To You" Portola
The Pancakes "Etienne" Sofa #1
cub "magic 8 ball" box of hair
(that song that rolls during the credits of Katamari Damacy... you know, while you're rolling up all the countries of the world)
Monday, July 18, 2005
Okay, here's the show, with the beginning of the Tammy Ealom interview edited so it sounds like I put her on the air right away.
Eh, the problem was just that instead of pressing the speakerphone button (which puts people on the air), I pressed the button for the regular phone, so Tammy thought I hung up on her.
The most startling revelation in the interview concerned the "Bubbles" song that Dressy Bessy did for the Powerpuff Girls CD. I'm not going to give it away here. Just listen!
So, click on these links to hear the show!
I'm scared that the interview sucked. I hope it didn't suck. :(
I'm disappointed that I didn't get more calls on the air, or at least some more comments to relay to Tammy. Either the interview sucked and you tuned out, or y'all were just too shy. You don't have to be shy, though, Tammy is quite nice and approachable in person, and she would have been nice to you on the air.
So maybe the interview did suck. I bet some people tuned out after I fucked up the beginning of the interview. AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
Anyway, I do have some news that isn't Dressy Bessy-related...
Indiepages has made a new Kiddo song available for download on their sounds page. It's the song "Other Guys", which will be on Kiddo's new album when it gets released.
And um... I think that's all that I have to say for now.
Well, not full effect. I did manage to get Tammy on the air. ^_^
I'm not going to post the show right now. I'm sorry, but I have to edit out the part where I introduced Tammy and somehow hung up on her before she got on the air. Yeah, it's revisionist history, but I just can't let that stand as it is. Still, it's not totally revisionist because I'll keep in all the references to it.
And yeah, I'll keep in every single question, even the most asinine ones.
Otherwise, I hope the interview didn't suck too much. I'm disappointed that I didn't get more calls on the air. :(
I'll post the show sometime this afternoon.
Oh, and before I forget...
Click here to see all the animated Dressy Bessy music videos!
Dressy Bessy "Electrified" Electrified
Dressy Bessy "Bubbles" Heroes and Villains: Music Inspired by the Powerpuff Girls
63 Crayons "Rocketship" Good People
Poussin "Boy Friend" Pop Jingu Vol. 2
Camera Obscura "Number One Son" Underachievers Please Try Harder
The Teacups "Red Light, Green Light" This Will Come Back to Haunt You
Duplex "Freaky Rhesus" Ablum
Slomo Rabbit Kick "Smell Camino" Horatory Examinations
Helen Love "Atomic Beat Boy" Radio Hits 3
1-800 Zombie "Jolt Yr Nuts" (?)
14 Year Old Girls "Game Trafficking" Strategy Guide
The Evens "Around The Corner" The Evens
Kiddo "To The Moon" live at WRUW Studio-A-Rama
Boyracer "Fast Boyfriends" Insults & Insights
Tiger Trap "Super Crush" Tiger Trap
Winnebago "Pixie Stix, Pop Rocks, & Dr. Pepper" Candycore!
Love Letter Band "Popgun Summer" Even the Pretty Girls Take Medicine
Cheese On Bread "Stepping Out of Ketosis" Maybe Maybe Maybe Baby
Cheese On Bread "How Long Have You Been Haitian" Maybe Maybe Maybe Baby
Dressy Bessy "Girl, You Shout (cartoon video version)" Dressy Bessy
Dressy Bessy "Lookaround" Pink Hearts, Yellow Moons
(I said that I was going to play "Just Like Henry" at the end, but I changed it at the last second because I was running out of time and "Lookaround" is shorter.)
Saturday, July 16, 2005
It's completely, utterly confirmed! Barring some sort of catastrophe, I will be interviewing Tammy Ealom of Dressy Bessy on the show this Monday (the 18th)! I even have her cell phone number that I'm supposed to call when we do the interview! YAAAAAAAYYYYYYY!!!!!
The interview will start sometime around 10:15-10:30. I've decided to see if Tammy will take calls over the air after I'm finished with the questions I want to ask her. (If for some reason, she objects to that, you can just post them under Monday's playlist during the show and I'll relay them to her.)
Also, I believe that I'll have TWO pairs of Dressy Bessy tickets to give away on Monday. Assuming that no one gave one of the pairs away, I'll give one of them away at the very beginning of the show. I mean, right after the theme is finished playing, I'll come on the air and give them away. And then I'll give the other away after the first set of songs is finished.
Anyway, make sure you tell your friends about this, and don't forget to tune in on Monday!
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Anyone unfamiliar with the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players needs to watch these videos right now!
Music video for "Mountain Trip to Japan, 1959"
Performance of "Middle America" on the John McEnroe show
Watch and you will understand! Rachel Trachtenburg pwnz j00! Rachel Trachtenburg is 12 years old and can play the drums and sing at the same time. Anyone who can sing and play the drums at the same time is an instant deity! And she's doing this at 12 years old!
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Sonic Youth "Secret Girl"
Sonic Youth "Tuck N Dar"
Boyracer "Tell Me What You Want (Then Tell Me What You Need)"
The Gossip "Tuff Luv"
Sleater-Kinney "Steep Air"
The Brunettes "Maybe White Palisades"
Rose Melberg "I Will"
Mirah "Body Below"
Duplex "Yr Mama"
Casper and the Cookies "Take It Away, Kathy"
Dressy Bessy "California"
Poison Control Center "Little N Marie U and Her Sunshine Factory"
The Late B.P. Helium "Song For Marie"
Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players "Don't You Know What I Mean"
Tub Ring "Kool Thing"
Saicobab "Death Valley '69"
Cub "Little Star"
Cub "New York City"
Cub "She's Like a Rainbow"
Snow Fairies "Nobody's Calling"
The Up Set "Girl In Quotation Marks"
Kanda "Forever Yours"
Brian Jonestown Massacre "Ashtray"
Neutral Milk Hotel "[Track 10]"
Neutral Milk Hotel "Two-Headed Boy Pt. 2"
The Out Crowd "Reptile"
The Sour Grapes "Business Casual"
Colin Clary "Some of My Favorite People Are"
Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players "Look At Me"
Bunnygrunt "Hometown Rockstar"
The Brunettes "Holding Hands, Feeding Ducks"
Rose Melberg "The Love We Could Have Had"
Monday, July 11, 2005
I'll be pissed off if I find out that people tuned out because of the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players today. How could you not like it?! They're actually letting Rachel Trachtenburg drum and sing on their recordings now! That single was so incredibly cute thanks to that! It's better than their first CD!
So, if you want to hear a low quality playback of that single, here are the links:
I've also got another episode of Scruggscorp for you. This one is an episode of Jerry Waldaman from May. On this episode, Jerry has an expert on to talk about the new Star Wars movie, except this guest is an expert on the government weapons program known as "Star Wars", not the movies. So, there's a lot of conversation about both. Plus, I called during this episode. See if you can figure out which caller is me. ^_^
So, here are the links to that:
Star Wars Part 1
Star Wars Part 2
I just got off an IM with the PR guy who's supposed to set up the Tammy Ealom (from Dressy Bessy) interview with me. He said he's going to ask her if she can do it next Monday. Let's see if it really happens...
set 1 (9:06-9:45)
kanda "arctic" all the good meetings are taken
Maria Taylor "One For the Shareholder" 11:11
I Am the World Trade Center "No Expectations" The Cover Up
Bunnygrunt "Horror Hotline: Big Head Baby" Karen Hater's Club
Boyracer "The Sadness In You" Insults & Insights
The Frenchmen "Black and White" Sorry We Ruined Your Party
Call and Response "Rollerskate" Call and Response
Pony Up! "Marlon Brando's Laundromat" Pony Up!
Dennis Driscoll "Fall In Love" (live) Invited to Dinner
The Frogs "I'm Sad the Goat Just Died Today" My Daughter the Broad
Dennis Driscoll "True True" Mysterium Mysterium
The Frogs "Candy Apples Red (5 For a Penny)" Made-Up Cassette (A)
Dennis Driscoll "Katiusha" Mysterium Mysterium
set 2 (9:57-10:23)
Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players "Look At Me" Look At Me/Don't You Know What I Mean 7"
The Sour Grapes "Hirsuite Potter" No More Drama
Colin Clary "The Silent Film and the Littlest Smitten" Sweater Weather or Not These Are the Songs I Got
The Smittens "The Champagne Room" Gentlefication Now!
Brian Jonestown Massacre "Hide and Seek" (live) Tepid Peppermint Wonderland
Miss Mary "I'm Waiting" Ready 2 Pop
All Girl Summer Fun Band "Later Operator" All Girl Summer Fun Band
The Brunettes "Leonard Says" Mars Loves Venus
Ballboy "I Wonder If You're Drunk Enough to Sleep With Me Tonight" A Guide For the Daylight Hours
set 3 (10:35-11:00)
Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players "Don't You Know What I Mean" Look At Me/Don't You Know What I Mean 7"
Tullycraft "Molly's Got a Crush On Us" Disenchanted Hearts Unite
The Capricorns "Steve and Tiffanie" Tracks & Fields
The Capricorns "Teenage Boyfriend" In the Zone
The Sixths "Kissing Things" Hyacinths and Thistles
Rose Melberg "Golden Gate Bridge" Portola
Duplex "Lament of the House Rabbit" Ablum
Duplex "Salad Song" Ablum
The Sour Grapes "Skulls" No More Drama
Dressy Bessy "Who'd Stop the Rain" Electrified
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Yo La Tengo "Autumn Sweater (Remixed by Kevin Shields)"
The Microphones "Tonight There'll Be Clouds"
Colin Clary & the Magogs & Friends "Good Vibrations"
William Shatner "Mr. Tambourine Man"
Belle and Sebastian "The State I Am In"
Mountain Goats "Dance Music"
Oval-Teen "Flying Silver Rocket Ships"
Palomar "Stay Out Late"
The Charade "Stories Remain Untold"
Colin Clary "Tiny Teeth"
Pants Yell! "Tram #7"
Jens Lekman "A Sweet Summernight on Hammer Hill"
Jens Lekman "You Are the Light" (live)
Maximilian Hecker "Full of Voices"
Bidston Moss "All I Have to Do Is Dream"
Maria Taylor "Light House"
Of Montreal "You Are an Airplane (World Trade Remix)"
Fur Cups For Teeth "$100 Haircut"
The Lovemakers "Internet Girlfriend"
Burka Band "Burka Blue"
Cibo Matto "Le Pain Perdú"
Le Tigre "The The Empty" (BBC session)
The Color Bars "She Disarmed Me"
Brian Jonestown Massacre "Wisdom"
The Brunettes "Record Store"
Boyracer "I Love Accents"
Bunnygrunt "Again With the Skirt"
The Sour Grapes "Skulls"
The Sour Grapes "Business Casual"
The Sour Grapes "Pacific NW, Last Chance to Dance"
William Shatner (with Henry Rollins) "I Can't Get Behind That"
Monday, July 04, 2005
Okay, jerk! I know you didn't listen to the show live! Either because you were sleeping, or our Internet problems kept you from listening. Whatever is the case, you MUST listen to this archive and pay special attention to the Sour Grapes. They're a very important new band that all the cool kids will be talking about. And when you talk about them, too, you'd better tell everyone that you heard them here first!
Oh, and you can also hear new stuff from Boyracer and Bunnygrunt. And a bunch of Schoolhouse Rock! covers. And Leonard Nimoy's version of "If I Had a Hammer", which you definitely have to hear at least once in your life.
If you haven't heard Leonard Nimoy sing, you should know that he actually does sing on his records.
Although William Shatner's "musical oration" is also genius.
Here, I'll post the links so you can listen to the show while you read the rest of this post...
In case you didn't hear already, Dressy Bessy is coming to Cleveland after all. They're playing at the Beachland on the 18th. Yay!
I still haven't confirmed the date of the Tammy Ealom interview yet. Since the 18th is a Monday, I wonder if she'll want to do the interview that day. After I finish posting this, I'm going to e-mail the PR guy and try to straighten it out.
Also, Kiddo is playing a $1.99 show at the Beachland on Saturday! Yay! I'm so there! There's no mention of any opening bands, so I wonder if it's going to be only Kiddo playing. Which would be a great show.
I think I've run out of things to say. So, I'm going to try to e-mail about the Tammy interview now.
Still looking for questions to ask her. Please post a comment if you have any ideas!
Oh, and I'm also still fishing for comments about the Scruggscorp episode. I'm going to post a different one either this week or the next. You might like it better because it's less "Clevo-centric".
Now, I've really run out of things to say.
Ween "The Shot Heard 'Round the World" Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks
Sloan "I Can Feel It" Twice Removed
New Grenada "Smother" One Scene to Another
Boyracer "Louise" Insults & Insights
Duplex "Nücat" Ablum
Dream Bitches "Other People's Mothers" Sanfransisters
Bunnygrunt "Nobody Rides For Free" Karen Hater's Club
Gene Defcon "Wanna Tell the Boys" Throw Up & Die
Cub "My Chinchilla" Betti-Cola
Kiddo "Good Friend" Click on the exhaust without any words in it
Jimmy Flemion "Because July" Linneman's 8-14-03
Adam Green "Dance With Me" Garfield
The Blow "Watch the Water Roll Up" Bonus Album
The Blow "Little Sally Tutorial" Bonus Album
The Sour Grapes "Business Casual" No More Drama
Colin Clary "the engine light's always on" Sweater Weather or Not These Are the Songs I Got
Water Utility Rates "One-Dollar Bill" Music For We Sleep In Our Clothes People
The Jaywalkers "(You Can't Be Happy) All the Time" Try a Little Sunshine: A Greek Indiepop Compilation
Sloan "Nothing Left to Make Me Want to Stay" One Chord to Another
Magnetic Fields "I Don't Believe You" i
The Field Mice "So Said Kay" Skywriting
Pavement "No More Kings" Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks
Polaris "Summerbaby" Music From the Adventures of Pete & Pete
Dressy Bessy "Call It Even" Electrified
Harvey & Felix "America Will Punch You" Farm Aid
The Sour Grapes "Skulls" No More Drama
The Sour Grapes "Apparently I'm Oppressive" No More Drama
Deluxx Folk Implosion "I'm Just a Bill" Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks
Daniel Johnston "Unpack Your Adjectives" Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks
Duplex "Figure 8" Ablum
Leonard Nimoy "If I Had a Hammer" (?)
The Twilight "I've Got Love" Summer Sweet Summer
Friday, July 01, 2005
This Sunday night (that would be the night of July 3rd), I will be filling in for "Synaethesia" from 10 to midnight. That would be immediately before Scruggscorp. (Still waiting for you people to leave a comment about that latest Scruggscorp episode I've posted. Even if you hate it, please say tell me what you think!)
Synaethesia is a combination freeform music and talk show. Its host, who calls himself Dr. Sinister, can't make the show this week because the world is about to end. At least, that's what he believes as a devout member of the Church of the Subgenius. He's going to New York to wait for the sex goddesses to pick him up in a UFO just before the world gets destroyed, just as Bob promised everyone who gave him their $30 ("Salvation guaranteed, or triple your money back!"). I don't have $30 to give to Bob, so I'm fucked. I figure it would be fun to do one last safe harbor show before I die.
Seriously, though, I'm very excited to do this show because I enjoy listening to Synaethesia (even if I don't like all the music played), and I get one hour of safe harbor in which I can play songs with expletives. (The FCC allows for safe harbor from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., but for whatever reason, WCSB is more conservative about this and begins safe harbor at 11 p.m.) There's a great Dream Bitches song with expletives in it that I haven't played yet, plus the best song on the new Maximilian Hecker album says "fucking" in it (as an adverb), so I'm quite eager. Oh, and I could play that rare Kiddo song that says "asshole". I may also attempt a talk portion, and like Dr. Sinister, I'll just let it last until the conversation starts going nowhere.
So, listen to me attempt to keep callers under control and play some songs with expletives from 10 to midnight this Sunday night, and then stay up a couple more hours to listen to Scruggscorp!
I haven't heard anything else about the Tammy interview. Since they haven't gotten back to me, I would guess that I won't be interviewing her this Monday. Still don't know about the 11th, though.
Edit: Looks like someone commented on the Scruggscorp episode before I wrote this post, but they did it a few posts back, so I didn't notice. And it looks like a positive comment. Thanks for commenting! If anyone else has a comment about it (positive and/or negative), please post it under the most recent post so I can easily find it.
And if you happen to see this post before midnight on Sunday, please note that if you're not in the listening area, you can go to http://www.wcsb.org to listen live on the Internet.