Hey all, sorry about my [Connor’s] lack of postage recently, it’s been pretty hectic since Tuesday; class registration, major declaration, symbolic castration (anything to get myself out of this rythmic situation!!)… Did I mention the CYHSY show last Wednesday? Anywho, I’ve got a slew of photos and whatnot from the last few shows I’ve been to, so I decided to hit up the ol’ iGIF photo blog to share them with you guys.

CYHSY @ Avalon, Boston, MA 4/12/06

This show was…alright. It actually can very easily be upgraded to “great,” if I don’t weigh in how little the crowd seemed to be enjoying themselves. I was pretty much right smack dab front and center, right at the doorstep of Alec’s hunched guitar playing and shimmy-shimmy side stepping, dancing my white suburban ass off, but no one around me seemed to care… I didn’t get bumped into, let alone touched, once! The performance was musically great, but lacked a little luster in the entertainment category…Alec: you really need to stop pretending like you don’t care…and if you don’t really care…then at least tell us! Say something!… Alas, I’m fighting the good fight but my opponent shant be seen ‘less a glance at my own reflection. Here are the photos:

Wolf Parade @ Lupo’s, Providence, RI 4/8/06

This was a great show. Depsite the fairly big venue, Wolf Parade pulled off a pretty spectacular show. And if you remember my tiny little post about it, there was a marching band that played amongst the crowd before WP went on, only later to join them on stage for “You Are A Runner…” and “Fancy Claps” — one of the coolest things I’ve witnessed at a show.

Today, 94 years ago, the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank. Now, those that have been following the blog for a bit know that I enjoy posting on tidbits of history and music. With an event as popular as the sinking of the “unsinkable”, I can’t pass this opportunity up. My good friend Matt Cook and I took heed of this historical event and began compiling songs that we thought could fit the 1912 marine tragedy. The following is a compilation of some of the best Titanic related tracks that we could think of, very sarcastic commentary, a funny photoshopped picture of us, and one of the longest posts I’ve ever made.


[MP3] Elliott SmithDon’t Go Down
Despite his best advice to the Titanic and it’s passengers, the ship continued to plummet downward. Perhaps people will listen to Elliot’s advice and not snub him of an Oscar that Celine Dion’s Titanic ballad received. Otherwise he might have to sink another ship.

[MP3] Foo FightersLearn To Fly
If a genie arose from the last remaining smoke stack on the Titanic and offered the passengers a single wish, so long as their wish was in the form of a song title, it would be this song.

[MP3] Third Eye BlindNever Let You Go
Rumor has it that front-man Stephen Jenkins wrote this song with a tear in his eye and a nose full of meth, on the way back from the theater (after seeing the film for the sixth time).

[MP3] RadioheadHow To Disappear Completely
Thom Yorke was originally asked to compose the theme song for the film, but after submitting this as his entry, James Horner went with the slightly more heartfelt Celine Dion piece.

[MP3] The Paper ChaseThe Sinking Ship, The Grand Applause
This song was obviously about the movie and not the actual story. Nobody applauded for the first.. Except for that one jerk who couldn’t get passed the irony of this ship being known as the “unsinkable.”

[MP3] Modest MouseGrey Ice Water
Whether or not you’re standing by the grey ice water, I would definitely agree with Isaac Brock’s assessment of Billy Zane’s role in this movie. “You’ve got yourself a crazy lover” Did anyone else love him in smash hits such as The Phantom and The Mummy? Billy Zane = Insane.

[MP3] CreedOne Last Breath
I’m almost certain that Scott Stapp has offered the world nothing more than the comical placement of this song title. Much like the Titanic, Creed’s music has been responsible for thousands of casualties or forcing people to dive headfirst from a 6-story ship onto a 3-ton propeller, spiraling toward an icey doom. Like that one guy..

[MP3] My Chemical RomanceDrowning Lessons
What insensitively soulless creatures put this song on the commemorative mix? Oh, I guess that was us.

[MP3] Damien RiceCold Water
Leo said it feels like, “A million knives stabbing your body all at once..” Damien Rice says pish posh! Honestly, if Damien had been singing this song during the sinking, there would have been far less fuss created over the whole ordeal.

[MP3] Celine DionMy Heart Will Go On
Oscar Winner? Number One Smash Hit? Quadruple-Times Platinum? I’m just going to say it, Celine Dion was responsible for the sinking of Titanic.

[MP3] Modest MouseStyrofoam Boots / It’s All Nice On Ice, Alright
A band that is truly “On top of the world” in my opinion. It just so happens they have a lot more in common with the Titanic than we thought. Float On, a mere coincidence? We think not.

[MP3] Explosions In The SkySix Days At The Bottom Of The Ocean
Originally playing as Explosions in the Transatlantic (flare guns?), they encountered some legal complications with Death Cab’s Transatlanticism, but then decided to leave all Titanic references in their songs. This song title being derived from how long Leonardo DiCaprio is capable of holding his breath.

[MP3] The LucksmithsShipwreck Coast
There is something more dramatic about running into a floating chunk of ice as opposed to a coastline.

[MP3] Clap Your Hands Say YeahIn This Home On Ice
For cinematic reasons only, James Cameron was forced to edit the famous “portrait” scene with Rose. Her iPod shuffle was replaced with the Heart of the Ocean necklace. A fun fact: Rose was listening to CYHSY during her portrait, wayyy before they got big. 94 years later, CYHSY are finally playing Bonnaroo.

[MP3] Devendra BanhartMy Ships
Mr. Banhart could probably sing about partial birth abortions and we would still have a smile on our faces. This is just another example of how homeless neo-hippies are making the world a better place, one song at a time.

[MP3] Modest MouseDog Paddle
During the mandatory safety video and lifejacket awareness sessions, Modest Mouse actually provided an appropriate song for the swimming challenged.

[MP3] The UnicornsSea Ghost
A unicorn is a horse with a horn. The score was written by James Horner, a man with no horn. So it comes as no surprise to us that Mr. Horner left this song off the soundtrack. Something to do with horn envy.

[MP3] ColdplaySwallowed In The Sea
Thinking the Titanic was a trade ship, Chris Martin personally called Mother Nature (also the name of his third child) and ordered an iceberg. In exchange for the floating assassin of ice to teach the unfair traders a lesson, Martin agreed to write a song 100 miles long for Mother Nature. Now that is a fair trade, boys and girls.

[MP3] DidoWhite Flag
After facing a lawsuit for mocking a Captain’s loyalty in going down with their respective ships, Dido then collaborated with Eminem in an attempt to clear her tarnished name. White Flags and White Rappers, they’re all the same, right?

[MP3] The MicrophonesIce
“So I stayed beneath / As the water above me froze / From under the ice / I saw you in warm clothes”
Do you think Jack Dawson was happy that Rose let go? Yeah, he wasn’t to thrilled about the combination of dying and sinking.

[MP3] Ugly CasanovaIce On The Sheets
I am the captain, you’re in the galley, look at an old photograph, look at the ice. So many references to the Titanic, but is anyone really surprised that Isaac Brock could poke fun at a tragedy such as this?

[MP3] Fall Out BoySugar, We’re Goin’ Down
I would say that most passengers would admit that their Titanic experience was slightly more than they bargained for.

[ZIP] I Guess I’m Sinking: Songs of Titanic ProportionPart 1
[ZIP] I Guess I’m Sinking: Songs of Titanic ProportionPart 2
[ZIP] TitanicOriginal Soundtrack

Doesn’t all of this just make you want to go watch your favorite 3-hour movie?

Since the post on Mat Kearney, the comparisons with Chris Martin have been flowing consistently. I was thumbing through some of the EPs and older singles of Coldplay that I have and found a few tracks that some may never have heard of. I know it seems that you have to either love or hate Coldplay these days, but these tracks are pretty good.

[MP3] ColdplayPour Me (Live)
[MP3] ColdplaySuch A Rush
[MP3] ColdplayThe World Turned Upside Down
[MP3] ColdplayNo More Keeping My Feet On The Ground
[MP3] ColdplayYellow (Acoustic – Live @ BBC)

Enjoy or loathe, pending your stance on Coldplay.

The very first concert I have any recollection of attending was with my little sister, Mom, and Dad. It was, of all places, at the Cincinnati Zoo. A mere 15 minute car ride across the Ohio River and I was looking at lions, tigers, and monkeys (the bears were hibernating). Oh my, indeed! With the flow of animal spectators slowing and the sun disappearing, my sister and I were led to this grassy pavilion with a stage and large crowd. Tired from hiking around the zoo all day, we were content to sit down and eat our caramel apples. As soon as I took my last bite of the sugar coated apple, my first concert experience commenced.
People screamed; I covered my ears.
People applauded; I covered my ears.
He walked on stage; I covered my ears.

Moments after the first key on the piano was played, I was catapulted onto my Dad’s shoulders for prime viewing of Bruce Hornsby.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Bruce Hornsby?! Come on, I was expecting something nifty like Nirvana or Pearl Jam!” Unfortunately not, but people tend to underestimate Bruce, he has more musical talent in his pinky finger than most have in their entire body. Aside from my personal praise of Hornsby, I noticed something I would never forget; the (concert) look. In my Dad’s eyes was a look full of happiness, anticipation, and disbelief. That same look that every fan has in their eyes when the sound on a CD stands in front of them; sweating, jumping, singing, and cracking jokes with the crowd. There probably couldn’t have been a better concert to have my eyes and ears opened to at such a young age. Thank God it wasn’t Milli Vanilli.

Since then I’ve always had a soft spot for piano driven music, mainly due to my Dad’s playing since I was young, giving me me a certain predilection to acts like The Beatles, Billy Joel, and Elton John. Now, I can add The Gabe Dixon Band to that list.

Gabe Dixon, before focusing on his own band, kept busy spending time behind the keyboards for artists as varied as Paul McCartney, Alison Krauss, and Loggins & Messina; co-writing with Grammy Award nominee Dan Wilson (Semisonic) and working with other various musicians. With his own decorated resumé, Gabe Dixon pulled together a three piece band and started making some great music. His sound resembles that of Bruce Hornsby with a more piano-pop feeling. The blends of soul, jazz, rock, funk, and pop mesh so well that it’s almost sickening. Their live shows, which got them signed to Warner Brothers, are rumored to be spectacular and even spawned a 6-song EP Live at World Café. After touring with Sir Paul you can’t be that bad, eh? I wouldn’t think so either.

[MP3] The Gabe Dixon BandFive More Hours
[MP3] The Gabe Dixon BandAll Will Be Well
[MP3] The Gabe Dixon BandShallow

Too bad I can’t have a mentor like Paul McCartney. Snap! Hit their site up for some upcoming tour dates and new album info.

I was just told a funny joke.

A man died and went to heaven. As he stood in front of St. Peter at the Pearly Gates, he saw a huge wall of clocks behind him. He asked, “What are all those clocks?”
St. Peter answered, “Those are Lie-Clocks. Everyone on Earth has a Lie-Clock. Every time you lie the hands on your clock will move.”
“Oh,” said the man, “Whose clock is that?”
“That’s Nelson Mandela’s. The hands have never moved, indicating that he never told a lie.”
“Incredible,” said the man. “And whose clock is that one?”
St. Peter responded, “That’s Abraham Lincoln’s clock. The hands have moved twice, telling us that he told only two lies in his entire life.”
“Where’s Bush’s clock?” asked the man.
“Bush’s clock is in Jesus’ office. ..He’s using it as a ceiling fan.”

You had to have smirked, at least a little bit.

Other Tidbits & Fun

Birdmonster‘s new CD is finally available to buy. They’ve been posted about so much within the past 6 months, that it’s nearly impossible to believe that this is their first LP. It’s a tribute to both blogger and band alike, when 3 songs can cause so much hype around the blogging community. Kudos to the band and blogs! Go buy their debut, No Midnight, and check out a few tracks.

[MP3] BirdmonsterSpaceman
[MP3] Birdmonster‘Cause You Can

The Flaming Lips? Death Cab For Cutie? Another festival? Holy multiple stage orgasm, Batman! Looks like yet another summer festival is shaping up, and it’s not on the East or West Coast!! Suckers. I am starting to theorize that this is a way for the musical acts that never hit spots in the Midwest (constantly clinging to coasts), to make up for their selfish ways. Or maybe they just want a central location? Regardless, K Rock Kuyahoga Festival is starting to turn Cleveland into an Emerald City.. for a weekend, anyways. Sonic Youth, The Go! Team, and other acts are also taking to the stage. Check out some festival information and some tracks.

[MP3] The Flaming LipsHaven’t Got A Clue
[MP3] Death Cab For CutieCrooked Teeth
[MP3] Sonic YouthDirty Boots

Easter is approaching quickly. What better way to gear up for the Bunny/Egg/Jesus Resurrection Holiday than a Bunny Apocalypse?

This site gives a pretty good chuckle. If you have overwhelming compassion for Peeps or other marshmellow animals, do not visit this site.

The Marshmellow BunnyOcalypse