Monday, June 26, 2006

Tapes 'n Tapes

I haven't been this excited about an indie rock band since I discovered Spoon. Tapes 'n Tapes sound really good on their debut LP Loon. You can order it from their website or from emusic. They even have some free mp3s on their site.

The music really gets my toes tapping. The first songs on the album will grab you immediately and then the latter songs will grow on you. It's Pop Rock perfection. Check it out.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Stephen Colbert on Google Video

Colbert Roasts President Bush - 2006 White House Correspondents Dinner

An excerpt from the annual White House Correspondents Association dinner. Comedian Stephen Colbert made humorous remarks about various current events and the relationship between the press and the White House. He also presented a video of a mock press conference which ended in a chase scene featuring long-time correspondent Helen Thomas.

You don't have to pay 2 dollars to get it on itunes. Its worth taking 24 minutes out of your life to watch this for free on google video if you haven't already.

Gary Weiner calls him the Bravest Man in America in his blog.

I wonder if Bush comprehends the fact that he was ripping on him the entire time, even when Colbert made it seem like he was supporting him. Colbert is the most scarcastic bastard I've ever heard, and it's brilliant.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

We Versus The Shark

This band has really withstood the test of time with me, even if it has only been about 6 months since I first heard them. I routinely turn to Ruin Everything! when I want to rock out. It is defenitely the kind of album that I can really listen to, rather than use as pleasant background noise.

I thought about trying to write a review on the album, but I there's no way I could ever write anything as succinct as this review at They really have some impressive writers there. Here is an excerpt.

Perhaps their greatest asset is that they handle hooks like a Japanese steakhouse knife, dicing them into their spicy sonic dishes with frightening speed and deadly accuracy. Opener “You Don’t Have to Kick It” goes through three hook modulations in under a minute, before balancing their dual guitars on complementing melodic knife-edges – it’s the kind of execution that’s as precarious as it is thrilling. In fact, “You Don’t Have to Kick It” may go down into the record-books as one of the most hook-packed songs in history; I counted at least seven in four minutes and 15 seconds.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who finds them delightful.

I looked through the archives and found a great review of the Twin Cinema by The New Pornographers (who I adore). Peter Hepburn says "this here's pop music that is immediate but not slutty." Well put, my friend.