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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

the tear that hangs inside our soul forever

"music is endless. and even though i've heard a whole bunch of music from so many different places and fallen in love countless times with all kinds of music, there's still something. i guess it's just called freedom."

on may 29th, 1997, jeff buckley went for a swim in wolf river harbor, a tributary of the mississippi river. he never walked out, and that day the world lost one of the most promising, talented artists of his generation. known best for his amazingly operatic, soaring, extraordinary voice, buckley was truly a singular artist whose proper recording career yielded only a single lp--1994's grace.

"songs just come out of poems, and sometimes poems come out of dreams. or reality. or something i want to say. sometimes i'll hear--some tune will come down on me first. or i'll sit absorbed in something on the guitar, some...thing, something that my hands need to do, and music will come out of that."

i remember hearing grace for the first time, in 1995 as a freshman in college. it was mesmerizing. the level of emotion conveyed in his voice was eclipsed only by some of the words he was singing:
i'm lying in my bed, the blanket is warm
this body will never be safe from harm
still feel your hair, black ribbons of coal
touch my skin to keep me whole
-"mojo pin"
kiss me, please kiss me
but kiss me out of desire babe, and not consolation
-"last goodbye"
it's never over, my kingdom for a kiss upon her shoulder
it's never over, all my riches for her smiles when i slept so soft against her
it's never over, all my blood for the sweetness of her laughter
it's never over, she's the tear that hangs inside my soul forever
-"lover, you should've come over"


"the only goal is in the process. the process is the thing, with little flashes of light here and there--those are the gigs, those are the live shows. but it's the life in between, that's all i've got."

even though he could have sung about brushing his teeth and still made it sound emotional, his words were those of a man whose feelings were true--in love and in pain, in time and in space. his was a seemingly free-spirited personality, though obviously he was easily touched and affected. his life was in paraphrasing the mundane and celebrating the spectacular, all in the only way he knew how--through music.

"and what do i want people to get from the music? whatever they want. you know, whatever you like. somebody asked me what i wanted to do and i just said, i wanted to, just to give back to it what it's given me. and meet all the other people that are doing it. just to be in the world, really."

having left us with only one true marker and a bunch of tantalizing works in progress, no one could know what kind of artist jeff buckley would have eventually become. but that his loss is still felt today by so many is indicative of the impact his music had on his audience, and the feelings are still there, ten years later. he truly is the tear that hangs inside our soul forever.

jeff buckley : "lover, you should've come over" mp3
from the lp grace [legacy edition] (columbia records, 1994)

jeff buckley : "everybody here wants you" mp3
from sketches for my sweetheart the drunk (columbia records, 1998)

jeff buckley : "unforgiven (last goodbye)" mp3
from live at sin-e [legacy edition] (columbia records, 2003)

joe tripician (with jeff buckley)
: "ozark melody" mp3
unreleased--this is a song that jeff helped co-write with joe tripician and tripician's musical partner, fred reed. the song was recorded in 1996 but went unheard until 1998, when jeff's mom, mary guibert, decided it should be released to the internet to show off jeff's lighter side.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

everything i've been putting off

the past few months i've put off a lot of things off i concentrated on the business plan competition i was involved in. now that i have a moment, let's try to catch up:
  • the attachments are an indie-pop band from berkeley. catchy songs with exceedingly creative arrnagements, and witty lyrics that invariably revolve around god's greatest creation--girls--make up the attachments' six-song self-titled ep. listening to these songs, it's clear that this is music for people who love music, made by a bunch of guys who simply love music. and girls. how could you resist?
the attachments : "jenny" mp3
from the ep the attachments (2007)
  • sir salvatore is a band from san francisco whose debut ep, those men are not astronauts, was released last month. they have been compared to the likes of the strokes. take a listen to this song and hear why it's a very favorable comparison.
sir salvatore : "hooray this projector" mp3
from the ep those men are not astronauts (2007)
  • the flies are a collaboration between sean cook (8 years in spiritualized, 3 in lupine howl) and bristol-based production team known as the insects (massive attack, liz frasier, goldfrapp etc.). the debut album, all too human, will be released in the uk in october.
the flies : "i have no shame" mp3
from the lp all too human (2007)
  • saturna finished up their debut lp, entitled some delicious enemy. the album drops on june 12th and demonstrates an obvious maturation and developing confidence from the time they released their ...all night ep.
saturna : "roll down" mp3
from the lp some delicious enemy (2007)
  • from the most excellent good fences label comes jade mcnelis, a taiwanese-born adopted-american, piano-playing singer-songwriter. on her debut ep, all the fables, "mcnelis weaves her way through a collection of noirish lullabies, electronic verses and sexy preludes to form her own anthology of life lessons, childhood souvenirs and memoirs left untouched by neither fib or foe nor wild invention."
jade mcnelis : "life in grey" mp3
from the ep all the fables (2007)
  • finally, jason over at the good, the bad, and the unknown put in a ton of work organizing the first annual music blog awards (muba) and gaining the support of the very awesome emusic.com, and i was lucky enough to be involved with it. here's the blurb:
the music blog awards are the first music award event to combine the way today's audience listens to music (mp3s), discovers music (music blogs), and celebrates it (the muba). the nominees selected in each category were chosen by a diverse group of authors from some of the most popular music blogs. though the nominees were selected by the music bloggers, the winners in each category will be chosen by the general public. that means you! voting is now live here. everyone who votes will be given the chance to sign-up for emusic and get 40 free downloads. also, they will be able to get exclusive playlists hand-selected by the music bloggers. voting will end on june 15th, 2007, so vote now!

if you'd like to check out the playlist that i chose, go here. it consists entirely of b-sides and rarities that you might have a hard time finding elsewhere. emusic is perfect for those songs, although the way it's displayed on my page is not exactly ideal--the artist names don't show up, but here they are for your convenience: spoon, sunset rubdown, radiohead, beck, jeff buckley, coldplay, sufjan stevens, andrew bird, camera obscura, m. ward.

the nomination committee was comprised of authors from the following excellent blogs:
#1 hits from another planet
5 acts
a beef sandwich
advance copy
all things go blog
an aquarium drunkard
a plague of angels
bars and guitars
both sides of the mouth
communications major, english minor
desperate youth
different kitchen
fingertips
from blown speakers
the good, the bad, the unknown
hate something beautiful
i am fuel, you are friends
i guess i'm floating
jonk's music blog
kwaya na kisser
the late greats
the listening post
the music slut
my old kentucky blog
noise for toaster
off the record
palms out
quick before it melts
sand is overrated
silence is a rhythm too
speed of dark
test pilot
under the rotunda
white boy dance floor

Saturday, May 19, 2007

a very special thank you

just wanted to say thank you to everyone who stopped by and went to go vote for my team this past week. yesterday was a great day for me because it turns out that bone-rad therapeutics won the oc register people's choice award AND we won the entire business plan competition! there's a small article about it here. i have no way of knowing how many of you actually did go to vote, but special thanks to shane and comandante agi for putting up links to support me. by the way, i hope i never have to do that again, put up songs just for the sake of getting hits. i think the cause was worth it this time, but if you want the songs from this week, act fast because i'm taking them down tomorrow.

as a way of saying thanks, here's m. ward's appearance on conan from thursday night, with very special guests neko case, jim james, and kelly hogan.

m. ward : "chinese translation (live on late night)" mp3
from late night with conan o'brien (may 17, 2007)
also from the lp post-war (merge records, 2006)

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

last call for votes and a last-minute push

it's coming down to the wire and the vote is very close. the polls close today at 5pm (west coast u.s. time), so you only have a few more hours to vote for bone-rad therapeutics in the o.c. register people's choice poll. you know the drill by now, right? i need you to go to this page and vote for my team called "bone-rad therapeutics":

you'll need to have cookies enabled, at least for the "ocregister.com" domain. it only takes like 5 seconds and would mean a lot to me, so won't you do me this one little favor? (if you really want to help me out and know how to go about doing it, you can vote multiple times by deleting the cookie and reloading the page...)

bringin' out the big guns:
coldplay : "easy to please" mp3
from the ep brothers and sisters (brash music, 1999)
hey! i'm easy to please--just go vote for bone-rad therapeutics

rilo kiley : "glendora" mp3
from the ep rilo kiley (self-released, 1999)
it's new year's eve, i'm in glendora, won't you go and vote for
bone-rad therapeutics?

spoon : "i summon you (demo)" mp3
from the bonus version of gimme fiction (merge records, 2005)
i summon you to go vote for
bone-rad therapeutics

clap your hands say yeah : "yankee go home" mp3
from the lp some loud thunder (self-released, 2007)
yankee yankee go vote for
bone-rad therapeutics

aqualung : "good times gonna come (live at portland theater of clouds at rose garden)" mp3
from the lp memory man (sony, 2007)
good times are gonna come for me if you go and vote for
bone-rad therapeutics

okay folks, that's enough begging from me. (did i mention that you should go vote for
bone-rad therapeutics?) thanks to all who actually went and voted. hopefully i'll have some good news come tomorrow. thanks!

modest mouse live on ferguson

first things first, time's almost up but i can still use your help--please, please, please go to this page and vote for the team called "bone-rad therapeutics":

you'll need to have cookies enabled, at least for the "ocregister.com" domain. it only takes like 5 seconds and would mean a lot to me, so won't you do me this one little favor?

modest mouse was on the late late show last night and played one of the best songs i've heard all year, "missed the boat", off their latest we were dead before the ship even sank. no time to say anything else, but i'll be back a little later to try and get one last push for my team

modest mouse : "missed the boat (live on the late late show)"
mp3
from the late late show with craig ferguson (may 16, 2007)
also from the lp we were dead before the ship even sank (sony, 2007)
for a great review, go see charles

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

third time's a charm?

how can i get you people to vote? it's getting close to crunch time, and i still really need your help. here's the drill again: i need you to go to this page and vote for my team called "bone-rad therapeutics":

you'll need to have cookies enabled, at least for the "ocregister.com" domain. it only takes like 5 seconds and would mean a lot to me, so won't you do me this one little favor? (if you really want to help me out and know how to go about doing it, you can vote multiple times by deleting the cookie and reloading the page...)

whatcha here for:
arctic monkeys : "no buses" mp3
from the ep who the fuck are arctic monkeys? (domino, 2006)

the fratellis : "3 skinny girls" mp3
from thefratellis.com (2007)

death cab for cutie : "this temporary life"
mp3
from the compilation future soundtrack for america (barsuk, 2004)

dntel : "breakfast in bed (featuring conor oberst)" mp3
from the lp dumb luck (subpop, 2007)

lcd soundsystem : "never as tired as when i'm waking up"
mp3
from the lp lcd soundsystem (capitol, 2005)

wilco and feist on the tube

first things first, i can still use your help--i need your help, for you to go to this page and vote for the team called "bone-rad therapeutics":

you'll need to have cookies enabled, at least for the "ocregister.com" domain. it only takes like 5 seconds and would mean a lot to me, so won't you do me this one little favor? (if you really want to help me out and know how to go about doing it, you can vote multiple times by deleting the cookie and reloading the page...)

now onto business. last night both wilco and feist both showed up on the late night circuit, wilco on letterman and feist playing jimmy kimmel's bus tour. both were fantastic:

wilco : "what light (live on the late show)" mp3
from the late show with david letterman (may 15, 2007)
also from the lp sky blue sky (nonesuch records, 2007)


feist : "i feel it all (live on jimmy kimmel live)" mp3
from jimmy kimmel live (may 15, 2007)
also from the lp the reminder (cherry tree, 2007)

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

request number two

okay peeps, my team is behind in the polls and i still need your help. here's the drill again: i need you to go to this page and vote for the team called "bone-rad therapeutics":

bone-rad therapeutics

you'll need to have cookies enabled, at least for the "ocregister.com" domain. it only takes like 5 seconds and would mean a lot to me, so won't you do me this one little favor? (if you really want to help me out and know how to go about doing it, you can vote multiple times by deleting the cookie and reloading the page...)

more bait:
radiohead : "palo alto" mp3
from the single no surprises (capitol records, 1998)

eels : "fucker" mp3
from the single novocaine for the soul (dreamworks, 1996)

jeff buckley with gary lucas : "grace (studio demo)" mp3
from the lp songs to no one 1991-1992 (evolver, 2002)

joanna newsom : "yarn and glue"
mp3
from the ep yarn and glue (self-released, 2003)

jenny lewis with the watson twins : "paradise" mp3
from the split 7" paradise (2006)

Sunday, May 13, 2007

have a second to help me out?

so if i actually do have some regular readers, they will have probably noticed that i have been too busy to post lately. well, there's a reason for that and now i need a favor from you. long story short, i need you to go to this page and vote for the team called "bone-rad therapeutics":

bone-rad therapeutics

you'll need to have cookies enabled, at least for the "ocregister.com" domain.

if you want to see what i've been doing, you can click on the bone-rad therapeutics link and read, listen to, or watch the elevator pitch that i recorded. this is all part of a business plan competition that's been the reason i've been so busy and non-bloggative lately. the voting goes through the end of the day thursday.

(if you really want to help me out and know how to go about doing it, you can vote multiple times by deleting the cookie and reloading the page...)

thanks to anyone who actually does go and vote for me. and if you go to that site, watch all the videos and end up voting for another team that you think is better than my team, well that's okay too. any questions or comments about anything, feel free to leave 'em! oh and if you're a fellow blogger, feel free to encourage your readers to vote for me too!

here's the songs you came for:
arctic monkeys : "do me a favour" mp3
from the lp favourite worst nightmare (domino, 2007)

bright eyes : "hot knives" mp3
from the lp cassadaga (saddle creek, 2007)

wilco : "hate it here" mp3
from the lp sky blue sky (nonesuch, 2007)

arcade fire : "broken window" mp3
from the single keep the car running (merge records, 2007)

andrew bird : "plasticities (live on the late show)" mp3
from the late show with david letterman (april 10, 2007)

Monday, May 07, 2007

bright eyes : walt disney concert hall, may 6, 2007

it's after 1am and for the past how many weeks i have been so busy that i haven't had time to fully sleep much less post much of anything on here. i'm not going to get much sleep tonight, but i just got back from what really might have been the greatest show i have ever seen and there's really no way that i can go to bed without saying something about it. first of all, walt disney concert hall is stunning, save for the odd choice of seat fabric. much like seeing foo fighters last year at pantages, seeing a band in a venue like this makes the evening special in and of itself. throw in the fact that the venue was built for acoustics and everyone sounded great and it would have been hard for anyone to disappoint. but, conor oberst being conor oberst, this performance was far more than simply not disappointing. it was amazing.

the only previous time that i'd seen bright eyes was in 2005, in support of i'm wide awake it's morning, and i remember coming away from that night uninspired and a little let down. i wasn't even sure what it was about that night that disappointed, but i guessed that something was just missing. and now i think i know what it is. i'm wide awake... was my favorite album of 2005, and as good as conor oberst is at the acoustic thing, the increased contributions of players and friends like nate walcott, providing orchestral arrangements; jason boesel on drums; and female harmonists like maria taylor, z berg, and rachel yamagata, make cassadaga a wholly different album. it belies a confidence and sophistication that maybe have been hinted at but not fully realized until now. and it makes for a spectacular show. joining conor, mike mogis, and nate walcott on stage tonight was a small string section, a flutist, and two of the most ass-kicking drummers i think you'll ever see--rachel blumberg and janet weiss. holy mother. altogether, the band played the new songs with an emotion and feeling that goes way beyond the quivering of conor's voice that, while effective on the quiet acoustic tracks of i'm wide awake..., could not possibly convey the depth of substance that marks the material. there is confidence and swagger, vulnerability and pain, euphoria and delight, all of which add up to one hell of a show.

in my evening-long bewilderment, one song hit me personally harder than the rest:

bright eyes : "lime tree" mp3
from the lp cassadaga (saddle creek, 2007)
i keep floating down the river but the ocean never comes
since the operation i heard you're breathing just for one
now everything's imaginary, especially what you love
you left another message, said it's done
it's done

when i hear beautiful music it's always from another time
old friends i never visit, i remember what they're like
standing on a doorstep full of nervous butterflies
waiting to be asked to come inside
just come inside

but i keep going out
i can't sleep next to a stranger when i'm coming down
it's 8 a.m., my heart is beating too loud
too loud
don't be so amazing or i'll miss you too much
i felt something that i had never touched
everything gets smaller now the further that i go
towards the mouth and the reunion of the known and the unknown
consider yourself lucky if you think of it as home
you can move mountains with your misery if you don't
if you don't

it comes to me in fragments, even those still split in two
under the leaves of that old lime tree i stood examining the fruit
some were ripe and some were rotten, i felt naseous with the truth
there will never be a time more opportune

so i just won't be late
the window closes, shocks roll over in a tidal wave
and all the color drains out of the frame
so pleased with a daydream that now living is no good
i took off my shoes and walked into the woods
i felt lost and found with every step i took

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