Archive for July, 2009


start your weekend in a hong kong garden

I love it when I rediscover a classic song. Not a hit or something that was once popular. Just a song that I knew of, or used to listen to a lot, that resurfaces after 10 or more years.

Just heard “Hong Kong Garden” by Siouxsie and the Banshees while at my friend’s house. Now I can’t get it out of my head.

Classic video, too…


watch out! avalanches!

Since I’ve been in Seattle, it’s been pretty much work, find a place to sleep and hunt for a home. As such, I haven’t had any access to television or any media past the Internet – which has been an interesting experience on its own.

Anyway, I am lucky enough to work with some music fans – including one who worked in the industry for the last 20 years. They’ve been tipping me off on several bands, but one that’s stuck is the Avalanches.

If you haven’t seen the video for “Frontier Psychiatrist,” check out the video below. The Avalanches specialize in the use of samples to make their collage of sound. In some ways, they’re almost like a 2009 version of Art of Noise.

But what makes this video great is that they assign a person to carry out each of the chosen samples. Makes for some good fun. Here ya go…

And here’s some Art of Noise, for those of you who remember them…


someone great

On the day that Michael Jackson died, I got into my car to go home from work and popped on KEXP – 90.3 in Seattle. If you’re not familiar, go to their website. They’re the greatest radio station in the world, and if you listen to their live stream, I guarantee you’ll find it more interesting than any Pandora-type site.

Anyway, when I got in, they played a clip of someone talking about Michael Jackson and then played “Someone Great” by LCD Soundsystem.

I’m not sure why I knew this song, because I don’t own any of the albums. But I recognized it immediately and was captivated by the opening riff and then the lyrics.

I hadn’t seen it coming, but this turned out to be the perfect song for what had happened. It’s been awhile since I’d gone out and purchased a CD because of a song I’d heard on the radio. But I just did tonight.

Here’s the video. And the entire album’s worth getting, too, if you don’t already have it.

Incidentally, if you’re not familiar with LCD Soundsystem, their (his) claim to fame is creating a 45 minute song that was commissioned by Nike for runners to listen to in their walkman’s. (that’s right… I wrote walkman’s.) If you don’t have it, download it and run to it. It’s pretty solid.

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