October 7, 2008
I remember reading back in the days of vh1’s pop up video (link for the youngins) that R.E.M. would only consent to limited band recording time for footage and limited the amount of actual band footage directors were allowed to edit into the final cut. I wonder if The Panics came in and said “We’ll do your damn video, but…… we don’t want to stand.” Maybe the director came in with a treatment and sold it with, “and you get to lie down the whole time.” Maybe it was none of these things. Maybe I just sit in my ivory laptop tower and imagine that everyone wants to be able to work from a day bed the way I do. Either way I think the video looks pretty cool, kind of like some of the in camera effects that they show in Be Kind Rewind. The Panics’ Cruel Guards came out today on Dew Process (home of fellow Aussies The Grates.) I find this label name hilarious. I hope it’s Mountain Dew’s attempt at media domination.
September 30, 2008
So far I’ve kept pretty closely to music here at Stereocache. Even my movie review is a music documentary. Most people coming to this site want music news, reviews etc. but I’m drunk with power at the moment and all hopped up on rootbeer barrels and delerious from a lack of sleep so I’m going to veer away a little bit and go into the pop culture realm that I always new this site could encompass.
Something funny is afoot in the heart of L.A. (and via the internet, the world) Los Angeles comedy trio Friends of the Family launched their brand new site Sunday and this thing comes fully stocked. Each video shows off a different aspect of their skills from improvised absurdity in “Challenging The Peerless Bartender” to unexpected turns in skits that I won’t tell you about so you can experience the fun for yourselves.
When you’ve watched and rewatched those videos you might be thinking “well damn, what should I do now? go to work? get a job? move out of my mom’s house?” NO! there are more pages. Nick, Alec and Greg maintain the site like a personal blog too so there are funny posts either sampling the delicacies of internet humor up to us or just spewing their own funny thoughts out onto the page like a momma bird throwing up some worms into a screaming baby bird’s mouth. Yum.
August 12, 2008
Starting around the first of this month something strange started to happen to me. I became extremely aware of the date, and not only that, I wanted to talk about it. All of July, and the rest of the year for that matter, whenever someone asked the date I would have to smile, chagrined by my ignorance. But since August 1st I have almost hoped for someone to hold up the line to whip out their checkbook and ask the inevitable question, “Do you know today’s date?” I’d tell them and say, “Boredoms are coming” while I grinned like an idiot. If my new acquaintance gave me a chance I’d tell them the details of the Boredoms’ 88BoaDrum. Read the rest of this entry »
August 3, 2008
Max Bemis, mastermind behind Say Anything has decided to write custom tailored songs for fans if they submit him a paragraph or two about any topic, problem, situation they wish. The official message doesn’t mention price but a personalized song is going to run you a cool $150. That seemed kind of steep the first time i read it, (I still have a 5 year old’s conception of money) but considering that that’s the same price as numerous box sets and waaaay less than any of the fine art I’ve tried to buy (blogging doesn’t exactly bring you the finer things in life) it seems downright reasonable especially after Bemis promises he “won’t be writing any crappy songs.” Considering the time required to write a song and record it, not to mention sifting through all that mail I’d say this move is definitely on the sincere side of the spectrum but I’m not too sure about the whole “changing the music industry” claims.
Here’s the official message.
In an effort to minimize the gap between music listeners and performers, take up time on warped tour, and find some solution for the fact that anyone can download any of his gosh-darn albums for free, Max came up with a predictably crazy idea in a haze of sleeping medication.
Max has decided to open the door for a limited time to Say Anything fans to submit ONE to TWO paragraphs about an issue they are having, a serious problem they are going through, or even something they just felt should be written about. If you are selected, Max will take two to three days to deliver an acoustic, full length actual Say Anything song based on your experiences and what you submitted! Each song is 100 percent written by Max for YOU, the buyer.
No two songs will be the same. It will also be named after you. Songs can also be written for special situations like anniversaries, engagements or the death of your dog.
And here’s the video where Max explains the project himself. It’s worth a look.
July 12, 2008
With the history of actor albums that are dubious at best I had a lot of trepidation before this album came out because I genuinely like Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward and I didn’t want anything to mar our beautiful arrangement where they do things and I admire from afar. Any doubts I had though were washed away instantly the first time I checked out the tracks on their myspace. She & Him are charming and infectious and I haven’t seen them make a real misstep since they announced the project (maybe a few too many covers, their live show is a little boring.) They continue to deliver cute and stylish fun with this video and Deschanel is absolutely adorable.
June 29, 2008
I hope some of you got some use out of that event notification and got there on time. Getting up the hill took quite a while but it was totally worth it. These museum concerts have been great so far and it’s been nice to take in the great summer weather. If you haven’t already you should check out the Hammer and Getty’s schedules.
I was really impressed by how down to earth No Age was considering all the hype surrounding them these days. The show was small enough that they could hear what the crowd was saying and joked back and forth. Another plus was that they got instant feedback on the sound and could adjust things based on what the crowd was yelling like “more vocals.” This could quite possibly been the most democratic sound mix ever.
No age consists of Randy Randall and Dean Allen Spunt formerly of Wives. The last Wives album was pretty rough so I expected a pretty crazy show; but, while No Age still employs some reckless use of sound they were much more polished than I expected. Spunt’s vocals were great and he’s transitioned from his old barking delivery to his new smoother style with ease. Those guys can still really make some noise though, and the intensity dovetailed perfectly with the evening. Randall played his guitar with his mic stand and played through the broken string that followed, they played a great Urinal’s cover, fun was had by all. The pictures I took can’t really convey how great the noise was that was coming out of those speakers but I’m going to post a few anyways.
It was a really beautiful evening and everyone there was very cool to everyone else and the band seemed to really appreciate it. Randall commented that it was an overwhelming event and thanked everyone for coming out and being overwhelmed with them.
You can check out the new video for eraser here