Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I was looking at what's coming out next week, here are some of the bigger releases.------->

Anyone buying any of these or have any thoughts on these jams?

Boo yah.
So I was looking for a certain picture of Smith, which I googled, which led me to Buzznet, where I discovered a huge trove of pictures. Now you may not believe me when I say this, but I have never in the history of the internet Googled myself or searched my own name, so it was very interesting to see all these pictures of old hairstyles, clothing, shows, things that I had totally forgotten about. Like this:

We were on Warped tour in like 2004(?) and this guitar magazine wanted to do a shot with me and Tim and Lars from Rancid, which we did in a dirt field with the sun shining in our eyes. Totally forgot about it.

Also found many, many comics and drawings, the majority of which feature Davey and I.

I like this one because it looks like I'm playing a harmonica.

By the way, the picture of Smith I'm looking for is the one where he's in a van make a ridiculously surprised expression with a mouth that looks like you could fit a bowling ball in it. Anyone have it?

Thursday, June 25, 2009

How can Michael Jackson be dead?
Very sad day.
When I was 7, I used to jump on my bed and listen to the Thriller album front to back.
Anyone have any Michael Jackson stories/fond rememberances?


Friday, June 19, 2009

Davey decided to make an impromptu appearance on Conan last night.


I was having lunch yesterday and at the restaurant were Stanley from the Office and Long Duck Dong from 16 Candles. They weren't eating together but I'm hoping they're roommates in some wacky apartment.

Sketchy Faces

I found some footage of us rehearsing for this record.


Sunday, June 14, 2009

Glad to see some healthy debate on the topic. Let me note that I have no problem with covering a song, there's a long tradition of covering other people's songs, it's an integral part of the music world. However, taking parts of a song, lyrics, melodies, chord changes, and putting them in your own "original" song and not calling it a cover no es bueno. Also, Flo Rida stole the name of our orangiest state. My new rap name is going to be Ida Ho.

I got rid of some of the flair on the page so maybe it won't load like it's on AOL dial-up. Remember that mess?
"Hold on, let me me disconnect my phone so I can go online. I'll be downloading this Promise Ring song for the next 35 minutes."
Let's all take a minute to remember the internet of the late 90's. Napster, chat rooms, Makeout Club, eternal pageloading. What am I forgetting?

Let me also take a moment to rant. I flipping through radio stations yesterday in my car and I thought I heard "You Spin Me Right Round" by Dead or Alive, so I stopped, only to discover that it was, in fact, not the classic 80's band Dead or Alive but Flo Rida.

The song has basically the same melody, chord changes, and some of the same lyrics...

...and I might be mistaken but I don't think it's considered a cover, I think it's considered a Flo Rida original.
There are some other egregious examples of this (and I won't even get into Puff Daddy's offenses in this area).
Namely, Hilary Duff pwning Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus":

and Rihanna "borrowing" from Soft Cell's "Tainted Love":

I hope that the original artists are getting paid some serious royalties at least, I think Pete Burns from Dead or Alive would like to own a watch the size of a dinner plate too.

Thoughts on old timey Internetz or "covering" the classics?

Thursday, June 04, 2009

I'm sitting amidst guitars, caressing vinyl, and talking Jawbreaker in the current AP

Just got back from New York. Stayed on the Lower East Side, ate great meals, and mugged people in the subway.

If you're a fan of words:

I don't think I've ever recommended a fantasy epic, so here you go. This series is so good it had me running frantically around Berlin on tour, trying to find an English language version of the next book.

This one is stellar, creepy, strange, and eruditely complex, especially if you're a fan of my oft-recommended "The House of Leaves".

Since we're still in the middle of mixing, I can't put up any music yet, but here's some footage of me tracking a song in the studio, sans audio. If you're a guitar player, maybe you can figure out the song.


Or you can just dub in your own audio, like this genius piece of amazing.

Here's mine




This one's probably going to be the theme for the next Twilight movie.