Archive for 2011

The Black Keys - Tighten Up [Official Music Video]

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Black Keys, “Tighten Up” wins my video of the year award (even though it is from their 2010 album Brothers.. Wow, these guys are working hard). I don’t watch a lot of MTV anymore (unless its The Friend Zone. Have you seen that? Hilarious). But I spend plenty of time on YouTube. Excluding the live... Read more »

What songs are on your NYE “Get Psyched” mix-tape?

One of the best episodes of How I Met Your Mother has the gang carousing about town in a limousine, attempting to enjoy as many New Year’s Eve celebrations as possible. The best gag occurs as the gang repeatedly re-enters the limo – Barney’s finger goes up, pushes play and Bon Jovi enthusiastically shouts… “SHOT... Read more »

311- Do You Right

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What always makes you feel better when you’re down? The music you listened to as a teenager. This rings especially true if you listened to positive-vibe music. 311 will always be an all-time favorite band of mine (if you didn’t know me at Elgin High circa the ’90s, I was “the guy who’s always wearing... Read more »

Got a new guitar over the holidays? Your fingers must hurt!

Perhaps some of you got guitars for Christmas, Hanukkah or that unfortunate holiday birthday at least grandma didn’t forget. If so, your fingers must hurt like hell by now. Unless you’ve made your way as an accident-prone electrician or a particularly terrible sewer, your soft hands just don’t have calluses in the right spots to... Read more »

She & Him - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

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We all know Zooey Deschanel sang Christmas carols on Elf. But her actual band, She & Him is continually impressive (doesn’t hurt to have guitar virtuoso M. Ward scoring you). A Very She & Him Christmas is their 2011 take on holiday standards, and a solid, no frills update (even my parents enjoyed it when... Read more »

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs - All I Want for Christmas

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If you look up O’Holy Night on YouTube, you’ll find every single female artist short of Rebecca Black covering it. It’s good to see some bands get creative with Christmas music. With that, here’s a cool Xmas track from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Merry Christmas eve!

Eels - Everything's Gonna Be Cool This Christmas

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This is my favorite song of the 2011 holiday season. I don’t know where it sprung from, but Eels have been known to come up with a pretty cool tune every now and then (I would also direct you towards super-catchy hits “Novocain For the Soul” + “Hey Man (Now You’re Really Livin)”). As I... Read more »

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Idea: The joy of cheap percussive instruments

I bought a slide-whistle for $2 on Cyber Monday. That was my big find. And it made all the not standing in lines for hours worth it when my cats reacted to the very first slide: the princess hated the thing and ran, old mama continued to sleep and my son leapt atop the table,... Read more »

Grandaddy - Alan Parsons in a Winter Wonderland

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I miss Grandaddy. They make me think of college. It has been nearly a decade since you either loved Grandaddy or had never heard of them. No longer an active band, they’re still kinda like that, slowly gathering appreciators in the little ripple of wake left behind. They always did kinda make you cock your... Read more »

Tom Morello - World Wide Rebel Songs Live in Madison, WI

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Tom Morello. Cool guy from Chicago. The Nightwatchman to the rest of us. Dig how Morello uses the communal experience of a live show to empower people and make them feel like they can take action, do something, have a voice. Rallying cries are something we’ll always need and providing them is something this guy has... Read more »