Saturday, April 30, 2005

This man will lead your way



I have to tell you something. All of you. Tony Leung is amazing. Not just some actor who can toss some lines around and happens to be in a couple good flicks. He is TONY LEUNG. He is beyond my ability of description. Go see IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE or 2046 or INFERNAL AFFAIRS and then tell me he is not your hero, and at that point, I will destroy you. All joking aside, this man inspires me beyond anything and could teach american actors a thing or two.

Bridge Club


Thanks to Brendan, I encountered a band called Bridge Club. They are kind of fantastic, pulling from Thin Lizzy, Supergrass and T Rex... very good. Go see them
Bridge Club or on Myspace.

They're about to call the police





Obviously the newest Weezer installment is good. They have yet to release a legitimately BAD album. It's just that each album following Pinkerton has gotten more and more ironic and more and more void of any type of recognizable feeling.

To begin with, the production signals far more effort and time spent than any offering since Pinkerton, save the "blow your wad" approach of Maladroit.

Let it be said that this album contains many satisfying hooks, a dark underbelly and for some reason, it arrives at a time where I'm willing to forgive Weezer for prior forays into shitville. But still, we find ourselves with an album that instead of taking sides, prefers to satisfy everyone. And that is dissapointing. The blue album was truly individual, Pinkerton was truly ballsy and now we find ourselves in some sort of impotent mix of "meaning it" and not "meaning it". Not that a rock band has to mean it all the time, but I wanna know what I'm getting myself into.

This creates certain moments when you'll awake from a dull stare and realize you're still listening to the new weezer album, enjoying it all along, but never stopping to get truly excited.

Songs like "We Are All On Drugs" make me want to ask them if they're serious. "Beverly Hills" makes me wanna ask if the good song-old ironic approach trick has been used up. "Perfect Situation" makes me wish it weren't so produced and had some of the fragile life that the blue album brought us. This album offers more straight up drum beats and boring bass lines than any other Weezer outing. "Pardon Me" seems kind of like a crap cover version of "Only In Dreams".

Before the Green Album, I understood the much talked about INFLUENCE of Pinkerton on the emo movement of '01-'02. But now I see a band who once helped inspire an entire GENRE, join that genre with such a timid and crappy adaptation, that they became an older version of an average emo band. How do you create a genre, then become a middle contender in it's weak dying out? Beats me.

That stuff I said above about forgiving Weezer, I take back..
But then I'll put in Pinkerton on a road trip, and forgive them again.

Friday, April 29, 2005

Are We The Last Living Souls?





Okay. I'm already not very excited about blogger because it erased a 10 paragraph review that once filled this post.
Basically the review said, blah blah this album is ridiculously good, imporant, damon albarn is a genius, so is dj danger mouse, they are important.
that pisses me off. BIG TIME.

Blogger

Blogger is outstanding. First of all, it is free. Second of all, it is simple. Third of all, I can support my fellow bloggers. I got sick of only having 5 people viewing my blog and not being able to display links to all the amazing blogs I frequent. If I forgot to include you in the links at the right, let me know, I want you there. I love chad's blog, I love Smokeys, most of these sites I visit on a daily basis as required viewing. I figure these links better represent me than some ironic profile with 100 bands names seperated by commas. Enjoy friends, welcome to blogger.