Chipmunk Punk

Ah, another album from my youth. It’s amazing to consider the number of copies this damn thing sold according to the accompanying clip. Dig it.

Road Warriors 54

The inaugural Outside Lands Festival will take place in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, with Jack Johnson and Tom Petty already confirmed, and Radiohead rumored to be performing too.
The festival is August 22-24.

Hanson will hit the road again for their The Walk Tour ’08. The guys will also be playing SXSW on March 15, a performance that will be broadcast live on Direct TV. The spring tour will be supported by Stephen Kellogg and The Sixers and “One Tree Hill’s” Kate Voegele.

Coheed and Cambria are currently on tour supporting Linkin Park, and there are a few remaining dates that you can check them out Read the rest of this entry »

Video Vault – Chris Mars

“Popular Creeps” from the great Horseshoes and Hand Grenades album.

DMed’s Video of the Week: Kerli, “Love Is Dead”

My head tells me that I shouldn’t like Kerli. One listen to her voice tells me that she worships at the altar of Amy Lee – the song is smothered with Evanescence-style melodrama as well – and the lyric is straight from Alanis Morrisette’s notebook (“I know that you think of me when you’re beside her / Inside her”). But I find myself irresistibly drawn to the Estonian beauty. I feel like Oz in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” when the band fronted by the female wolf comes to Sunnydale and plays the Bronze. He’s dating Alyson Hannigan, Alyson freaking Hannigan, but damned if he could resist the singer’s siren song. I’m Oz, Kerli’s the wolf.

The wolf also made an appropriately creepy video for her brooding lead single “Love is Dead.” It starts with her horribly aged, standing in front of a CGI background that shows, well, death. As the video goes on, she gets younger, and everything behind her does, too. We get stuff from 20-year-old girls pitched to us all the time. None of it sounds like this. She’s not reinventing the wheel or anything, but you have to love a young girl with some depth. She covers Bauhaus’ “She’s in Parties,” for crying out loud. Hopefully the full-length album, which drops April 22, will follow up on the promise of this single.

Embedding, sadly, is disabled, but I highly recommend checking her out. And in case you still need more convincing, here’s a picture of her.

See what I mean? You’re drawn to her too, aren’t you? Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to lock myself up in my cage, so I don’t accidentally eat anyone when the full moon hits.

To view the video, click here.

Update: Video link switched from Island’s site to YouTube.

The Bullz-Eye Hi-Fi – new music reviews recap

Hi again, dear readers. Yours trly here once again to announce yet another new feature debuting on ESDMusic this week. I call it the “Bullz-Eye Hi-Fi.” Here I will be bringing you all the latest links to our weekly music reviews. If you need a refresher course on where you can find the main vein for most everything music-related on, then head over this way, but in the meantime, here’s what the stylus is finding its groove in this week on B-E:

Bauhaus – Go Away White – I check out the new and final Bauhaus disc. Was it worth the wait? Can it possibly live up to expectations?

Jeff Giles serves up three reviews this week, covering Alex Nackman’s Still Life Moves, Richard Julian’s Sunday Morning in Saturday’s Shoes and Paul Thorn’s A Long Way from Tupelo.

Our in-house musical doctor Mojo Flucke is doubling up on the grooves this week , giving his critical opinions on both Marah’s Angels of Destruction and The Raveonettes’ Lust Lust Lust

Black 47′s Iraq is placed under the proverbial microscope by Jim Washington, while our good man Mike Farley weighs in on The Afters’ Never Going Back to OK.

Finally, Mr. Pop Goodness himself, Will Harris takes us on a retro trip for the new release of Michael Jackson’s Thriller: 25th Anniversary Edition.

We also have four new Quick Takes in the hopper, kicking things off with a look at Paddy Casey’s Addicted to Company.

American Idol: Here We Go Again

Last night’s “American Idol” results show was less fluff than usual, more results…but two of the results were surprising, one bordering on shocking, at least to me. That can only mean that those idiots who purposely mess with the voting are at it again (you losers know who you are). Either that, or America is just ignorant.

So first they did some bit on Simon Cowell blatantly flashing the “L” for loser sign to either Ryan Seacrest or various others during the auditions. Whatever…we all know he’s a wiseass.

Then came the ’70s medley, which did one thing in particular…it exposed how bad some of these singers really are.

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WTF?! Rewind – Taco

After Eight

Ah, Taco. How you came and went with such a fey flourish! You dominated the singles charts briefly with your synthed-up remake of “Puttin’ on the Ritz” and dared to go the full LP route by also issuing After eight. Seriously, dude. WTF?! Not that I have any room to make too much fun. You see, I bought this album in a record shop at the time it was big (I had already bought the single). Got it and the Atari 2600 cartridge “E.T.” at the same store. Yeah. So maybe you could say I struck out twice that day, but I enjoyed both at the time.

But this album now? It’s just too corny for words. While Taco offers up other cover versions of classics like “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Cheek to Cheek,” the real stomach churners are the tracks he penned himself. “Livin’ in My Dream World,” the original b-side to “Ritz” is bad enough. Taco reminisces about doing the Charleston, enjoying sing-along songs, and dancing on the Milky Way. Yech. If that weren’t enough, then perhaps “Tribute to Tino” in which Taco throws up appallingly bad synths in the faces of his listeners to tell them a tale of silent movie star Rudolph Valentino is. “Fairbanks, Chapman, Barrymore had leading ladies by the score like Tino” croons Taco. “Marie Provost” this is not.

The title track is also pretty abysmal. “After eight, a rendezvous with Kate! / She works late / I’ve had a hard day watching color TV” sings the Tac, trying to inflect as much of a ’30s style mannerism into his voice as he can. Then he tops it even more terribly with “Kate works each day 9 to 5, serving with true dedication / She serves you sodas, and ice creams, and pizzas, and chilis / And burgers, all kinds…and tacos, too…dig it!

So yeah, basically there was “Puttin’ on the Ritz” and that was pretty much it. After Eight remains one of those distinctly ’80s novelty curios, and prices for CD copies of it are ridiculously overpriced. Still, you can nab the album off of iTunes these days. Taco did continue his career after this, but no one cared by the time his second album came out. It seems like the public didn’t need new versions of “Winchester Cathedral” or other pap such as “Opera Rap.” Yeah…”Opera Rap.”

And just to remind you how deeply serious Taco was when it came to puttin’ on his ritz, I’ll leave you with with this image from the back cover of this album:

American Idol: Ladies Night = Crap Night

When Simon Cowell declared Tuesday night that this season’s “American Idol” was David Archuleta’s to lose, he wasn’t joking. Not only did young David out-class every one of the guys, he left every lady in the rear view mirror as well, because for the most part, they did not deliver the goods on Wednesday night. Here is a recap….


Carly Smithson went first last night, and in the little bit about “what viewers would be surprised to learn,” said she tends bar at an Irish pub in San Diego. I wasn’ t surprised, were you? Anyway, Carly sang Heart’s “Crazy on You,” and for me it was a bit too shouty. But by the end of the night, Carly sure looked good compared to the rest of the field. Randy said it was rough at the start but got better, Paula said Carly is a great singer, and Simon said it was better than last week, and that no other woman in this thing can touch Carly vocally. He may be right.

Brooke White strapped on her guitar and sang Carly Simon’s Read the rest of this entry »

Man-About-MySpace: Christine Smith

Soon the whole world will know how much I like the new Marah record, when my review gets posted to the B-E Music section. While there’s nothing obvious to these ears as to why the band went from decent to stellar, some folks out there in the Wikisphere/blogosphere swear it’s thanks to the presence of one Christine Smith, a new member to the band (at least full-time) on keyboards and vocals.

Marah fans can’t decide whether it’s the chicken or egg: Does she add a dimension that wasn’t there before, or does her new point of view inspire the Bielanko brothers Serge and Dave to take it to the next level that was always there before but they couldn’t reach…a creative catalyst? The fans, however, all seem to agree that she enhances the live shows. A lot.

Whatever. Fact is, Smith is a pretty gifted singer, songwriter and performer. Check out her MySpace, and there’s no doubt her eclectic tastes in jazz, folk, and whatever else merge together to make some fine torchy-sounding songs that are a soothing liniment to ears irritated by too damn much Green Day and Fall Out Boy. The voice. The voice! She’s a star, with her keyboard playing, she sounds like a female Joe Jackson at times, beautiful and dignified, sexy and sultry. Here’s a shot of Smith caught live—on guitar here, but there are other songs from this gig where she’s on piano—performing “Car Alarm Choir Lullaby” at a London club. If you’re not sold by the end, what kind of music fan are you, anyway?

Thomas Dolby via Tenchi Muyo

Or, specifically Little Washu from “Tenchi Muyo!” Here is a fan-made video for “She Blinded Me with Science” Good stuff.

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