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What I Listened to Most in 2008

Posted by Miss Ess, January 1, 2009 04:23pm | Post a Comment
Since I write about what I listen to fairly often, this list may be a bit redundant, but consider it a happy round up! This is what was getting to me the most in 2008, whether it was released in 2008 or 1974, whether I'd heard it a zillion times before or it was something new to my ears.

Rodriguez - Cold Fact


Bonnie Prince Billy - Lie Down in the Light


Bobby Charles - s/t


Sun Kil Moon - "Glenn Tipton" from Ghosts of the Great Highway


Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers - "Islands in the Stream"

out today...5/27...cyndi lauper...booka shade...

Posted by Brad Schelden, May 29, 2008 07:02pm | Post a Comment
Cyndi Lauper was right up there along with Madonna and Prince back in the 80's. They were for sure my first favorite artists that I obsessed over. And I was not alone. I blame it on MTV, but you have to give them credit for creating millions of fans out of these sort of weird artists. Somebody who looked like Prince or Cyndi Lauper would never make it on American Idol today. They would be included in the group of contestants who never make it, that everyone laughs at. I know it was a different time back then, but it still is amazing how popular music has became so boring and basic. I try to stay away from American Idol. I just avoid it because I know it will make me mad, but I happened to catch the last 15 minutes of the finale last week. The contestants are always the same. They have decent enough voices but they never have any style or substance to them. They are just exact replicas of the contestants of seasons before them. They have the rocker dudes, the high school musical showtunes people. The boring R&B singers. I would really love to see somebody like Cyndi Lauper on that show-- somebody totally crazy and unique. I don't think it will probably happen. The mainstream music fan has become complacent with boring music and is just not interested in anything a bit weird. Where is the next Cyndi Lauper? Will there every be another Morrissey or Robert Smith? Another Marilyn Manson? Where are the weirdos? The 80s really was all about the rise of the freak and weirdo. It is really amazing Cyndi Lauper became as popular as she did. She was like nothing before her. The songs were pure perfect pop and she had one of those unique brilliant voices. Anybody who was a bit weird themselves was drawn to her. They identified with her for being an outcast and weirdo, but then she became one of the most popular and recognizable singers of the 80s.

Cyndi Lauper is one of those artists that just makes me happy anytime I think about her. I smile whenever I think of her in the "We Are The World" video or in the video for "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough." I hate to imagine my life without her. How could I have got through the 80s without "Time After Time,"  "She Bop," "Change of Heart," and "When You Were Mine?" I remember being excited whenever I heard her on the radio or TV. The 80s would have certainly not been as interesting and fun without her. Maybe Cyndi should have her own reality show. It could be the search for the next Cyndi Lauper or the search for the next weirdo. Cyndi does have a new album out this week as well. Her album from a couple years ago was a pop vocals standards sort of album. This is nothing like that. It goes more back to what you might expect from her. The album is very dancey and very gay friendly. She still manages to make some super fun songs. Not sure I will be listening to it very much more, but I still love her and will most likely be seeing her in concert again when she brings her gay positive True Colors Tour to town.

The album I am really super excited about this week is the new Booka Shade. You might be surprised to learn that this is their third album. I was at least a bit surprised. I can't really say I had heard the previous two albums until recently, but as I said before, I love discovering new bands that have already been around for a while. It is nice to save some of these bands for a rainy day. I love this album. It has become my Justice album for the year. I just can't stop listening to it. It fits nicely into some 80s new wave albums-- mix in some 90s electronica and some downtempo, and you get an amazing little album. Much of the album is on the more mellow side. Some of the tracks could easily be instrumental Depeche Mode b-sides. The album is called The Sun & the Neon Light. It is very much a night album, the kind you could listen to in your bedroom or out in the city in you car. I imagine that if I had a car I would be driving around to this album all the time. Booka Shade is made up of Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier. They come from the land of Frankfurt, Germany. They put out Memento and Movements before this brilliant new album. Some people might like those earlier albums better. They are great, but this new one is really fantastic...Maybe I just like it more because it was my introduction to the band. I put it on a couple months ago not really knowing if I would like it or not, but I ended up falling in love with it. It is sort of hard to explain what exactly this album sounds like, so you just will have to listen to it to find our for yourself, but this is one of those albums that has already changed my life. I am serious. They are just as powerful as the great Cyndi Lauper. I love when music is so good it actually changes your life.


also out today...






Disco Italia: Essential Italo Disco












Health/Disco by Health











Same As It Never Was by Herbaliser











Dystopia by Midnight Juggernauts










Young Team by Mogwai (Reissue)












Sex & the City Soundtrack










Songs in A & E by Spiritualized

(In which one of Job's dreams comes true... also a nightmare.)

Posted by Job O Brother, July 3, 2007 05:40pm | Post a Comment

Is it wrong to have Coors Light for breakfast?

This is the question I’m struggling with right now. It’s so cuss-word hot in Hollywood today. It makes it hard to think. I need to write a blog!

I wish Amoeba Music sold Coors Light, then I could just blog about that. I could be drinking it and telling you how I “recommend it” and stuff like that. That would rock.

Oh hey – I saw a great concert the other night. It was the final performance of the True Colors Tour, which started a month ago in Las Vegas and ended at the Greek Theatre in LA, as opposed to the Greek Theatre in San Francisco, where they played the night before.

(The Greek thing is a tip off.)

I got to see Debbie Harry and Cyndi Lauper in the same line-up. Added to that was Erasure; between these three acts I felt as though I was 14 again and had escaped to the city for a concert. Except I was sober and the car wasn’t stolen, so I guess it wasn’t too much like being 14…


Erasure, top; Dresden Dolls, bottom (...you know what I mean.)
The Dresden Dolls also performed, but my sweetheart and I missed it; we were cuddled on a grassy knoll eating the most expensive and, ironically, most horrid cheeseburgers I’ve ever had in my life.

I had never seen so many homos in my life. I’ve never been to Pride or Bed, Bath & Beyond, so this event was the gayest I’ve attended. Of course, Margaret Cho was the host, and as a particularly surreal touch, Cyndi Lauper’s encore was backed-up on drums played by… Rosie O’Donnell?


"I pretend the snare is Donald Trump's head!"

Gay. Gay, gay, gay!

At the end, all the musicians shared the stage and sang “True Colors” (duh) and a cover of ABBA’s “Take a Chance On Me”. At that point, anyone in the audience who might’ve been heterosexual must certainly have been transmuted.

This part of the show was actually a nightmare come true for me, because they brought out something like 20 enormous balloons and sent them out on the sea of people. Corey and I were sitting towards the back, so I watched, petrified, as these freakish multi-colored death bubbles slowly made their way to me. It was like a dream I couldn’t wake from. It left me feeling like I could relate to Vietnam vets.

Vietnam vets can drink Coors Light for breakfast and nobody gives them any grief for it.

Cyndi Lauper is an amazing performer. Did you know that? Yeah, we all love her for her record-breaking record “She’s So Unusual”, (the first debut album to have 5 top ten hits, FYI), but what I didn’t know was what a dynamo she is live. Where does this middle-aged mother get her energy? She’s on-stage, running around, dancing through the audience constantly, singing crazy notes and cracking jokes and being all cute and dramatic and delightful and then there’s me, who’s tired from “standing there” for so long.


I am nothing next to her.

The concert was her brainchild; a fundraiser for the Human Rights Campaign.

It was also Debbie Harry’s birthday. I choked-up seeing her, I’m not ashamed to admit it.


In the flesh - Debbie Harry

As a side-note, most of these performers I’ve mentioned have all been fat in the last decade, but they weren’t fat at the show. Andrew Bell looked fit, Cho was slim, Debbie and Cyndi looked like they were fresh from Curves. What’s going on?

Anyway, it was a great night. The tour is over, so I can’t exactly “recommend it” but I think it will happen again next year, in which case I recommend that you go, if only to see how Cyndi deals with instruments malfunctioning. That alone is worth the price of admission.

Oh, but don’t eat the cheeseburgers.
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