Last night, lead singer of The Flaming Lips/greatest rock front man alive today Wayne Coyne personally delivered vinyl copies of his band’s collaboration with Neon Indian to Good Records in Dallas, TX. As I have been following The Flaming Lips for about twenty years now, I naturally went to not only get the record, but be presented with the chance to meet Wayne.
I met Wayne. He shook my hand. I said thanks for coming to Dallas. Then I froze. I have never really been the starstruck type, but I went completely stupid. I don’t know if I said anything coherent. I do know that he signed my record.
Then…he hugged Mrs. Cinematically Correct and I. And a picture was taken. I am not a fan of pictures, but I couldn’t and still can’t get that stupid grin off my face.
After five or six spins through the latest Radiohead album, “The King of Limbs”, I’m here to tell you that I’m a fan. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not even remotely close to “The Bends” or “OK Computer”, which are two of the best albums of the past twenty years. Radiohead made the definitive records for two different music genres: guitar rock and electronic rock. There’s really no doubting their brilliance, most notably Johnny Greenwood’s guitar brilliance and the fact that Phil Selway may be one of the greatest rock drummers to ever pick up sticks.
From the second that Radiohead made their album available for download last Friday, the hate towards this band has been flowing. Critics, non-fans, even regular fans of the band are just tearing them down. I don’t get it. There is nothing wrong with this little album, other than the fact that it’s entirely too short. Eight songs? That’s lamery.
I think that most of the fervor is over this slightly silly video for “Lotus Flower”, which is the song I currently can’t get out of my head. Yeah…Thom Yorke looks a bit insane as he dances his way through five minutes of song. The song is pretty badass, but Thom is just too weird.
Then…there’s this. This is much, much better than the real video.
There hasn’t been any posts here in forever. Why? I’m yet again writing for another movie site. This one is called Red Carpet Crash and my snarkiness doesn’t even come close to matching their snark. Really, it’s a match made in heaven. You can see my posts pretty easily there as I’m the guy named Chic wrestling an alligator. That’s just how I roll. So the majority of my gibber jabber will be on that site. Again, it’s Red Carpet Crash.
In the meantime, let’s talk about the genius of this New Pornographers video for “Moves”. There are so many funny people showing up in it, not to mention a pregnant Paul Rudd and a pregnant Bill Hader. Yeah. It’s that kind of weird. So weird that a guy puts a line of blow on a slice of pizza. Now that is mother effing rock and roll brosef.
The end of the year is such a great time to be a blogger. I’ve already shoved my favorite albums list down your throat, so why not tell you all about my favorite songs too? In fact, if you are my tenth caller, you’ll win the fine jukebox seen here, complete with every song on my list in it. On 45 bro. You really can’t not be wanting to miss out on this rare opportunity to not win a contest that is in no way fake or illegitimate or conjured up in an effort to be funny even though it’s definitely not funny but it might be so humor me…
Here’s the list:
25. “Crash Years”, The New Pornographers
24. “Mall & Misery”, Broken Bells
23. “Black Eyes”, Shearwater
22. “In The Sun”, She & Him
21. “White Sky”, Vampire Weekend
20. “Burden of Tomorrow”, The Tallest Man on Earth
19. “Impossible Soul”, Sufjan Stevens
18. “Written In Reverse”, Spoon
17. “Terrible Love”, The National
16. “Nothing Like You”, Frightened Rabbit
15. “We Fell”, S. Carey
14. “Wide Eyes”, Local Natives
13. “Ready To Start”, Arcade Fire
12. “Blue Bear”, Band Of Horses
11. “World Sick”, Broken Social Scene
10. “Stylo”, Gorillaz
9. “I Can Change”, LCD Soundsystem
8. “Yulia”, Wolf Parade
7. “Who Knows, Who Cares”, Local Natives
6. “Promises”, The Morning Benders
5. “Desire Lines”, Deerhunter
4. “King of Spain”, The Tallest Man on Earth
3. “The Loneliness”, Frightened Rabbit
2. “Dance Yrself Clean”, LCD Soundsystem
1. “Bloodbuzz Ohio”, The National
There were several concerts that I attended in October. I was fortunate enough to see The National, Local Natives, and Sufjan Stevens. I didn’t really write about any of them. Sure, my anticipation for those shows was high, but not like today.
You see, today is Wolf Parade…and I effing love Wolf Parade. Easily in my top five favorite bands working today…which quickly are:
Wolf Parade, The National, Ryan Adams, Wilco, Grizzly Bear
Wolf Parade are like a kickass synth-pop alterna-rock version of The Talking Heads. But Canadian. And with two singer/songwriters. And those two guys have their own bands thus creating a triangle of Wolf Parade-sound. Ish.
Quick history lesson: Wolf Parade’s two singer/songwriters are Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner. Krug’s other band is called Sunset Rubdown and they are a bit more rock sounding. Boeckner’s other band is called Handsome Furs. There are two members of Handsome Furs, Boeckner and his wife, Alexei Perry. They have a more electronic sound, consisting of cool guitar effects over drum machine beats. If you really want to geek out on them, here is a link to their wedding photos. It looked like quite a show.
So tonight, I’ll be live Tweeting (if I’m not too excitable) the Wolf Parade concert at The Granada in Dallas. Of course, you can follow my awesomenicity on Twitter, Chiccywood. In the meantime, here is my dream setlist:
“Apologies to the Queen Mary” – “You Are a Runner and I Am My Father’s Son”, “Grounds For Divorce”, “Shine A Light”, “I’ll Believe In Anything”
“At Mount Zoomer” – “Soldier’s Grin”, “Language City”, “California Dreamer”, “Fine Young Cannibals”
“Expo 86” – “Cloud Shadow on the Mountain”, “Palm Road”, “Ghost Pressure”, “Pobody’s Perfect”, “Little Golden Age”, “Yulia” (they could play this three or four times), “Cave-O-Sapien”
Oh, just kidding. I’m not that big of a music snob.
But, it is definitely a big day for Arcade Fire, their label Merge, and big indie pop in general. Yes, the little indie band from Montreal now has the number one album in the land. It’s kind of the expected progression for the band as their debut album “Funeral” won over the critics, “Neon Bible” hit the charts and cemented the band as a lead act, and now, the hyped up “The Suburbs” gets to numero uno.
This has nothing to do with the fact that it is #1 on Billboard but, I’m not a 100% fan of the new album. It’s just too damn long. There are plenty of great tunes but it just feels like overkill. There are a few songs that even after several listens, I know I have skipped about midway through. I just…don’t like the tracks with Regine Chassagne on lead vocals. I know that she is adored by many but it seems to me that when Win Butler isn’t singing, the album pulls the emergency break on any and all momentum.
It’s still a damn good album and I think I like it more than “Neon Bible”. It jumps into my freshly minted List Of 2010 Albums That Are So Good You Should Listen To Them Because They Are So Good In 2010:
5. Arcade Fire, “The Suburbs”
4. Wolf Parade, “Expo 86”
3. Broken Social Scene, “Forgiveness Rock Record”
2. Local Natives, “Gorilla Manor”
1. The National, “High Violet”
Louis: I don’t have that record… I’ll buy it for forty.
Louis: Now why would you sell it to me and not to him?
Barry: Because you’re not a geek, Louis.
Louis: You guys are snobs.
Dick: No, we’re not.
Louis: Yeah, seriously, you’re totally elitist. You feel like the unappreciated scholars, so you shit onto people who know lesser than you.
Rob, Barry, Dick: No!
Louis: Which is everybody…
Rob, Barry, Dick: Yeah…
Louis: That’s so sad.
Before I completely talk a mess of junk on a co-worker, let me first explain a few facts, which were detailed on my Twitter earlier today:
- He tucks short sleeved button up shirts into jeans.
- He signs off on inter-office emails by spelling his name like this: dAn or nAMe. (Dan is not his name)
- He claims screen writing as one of his hobbies.
- He says that he is a big indie film fan, but yet had not heard of the fairly heavily publicized “The Kids Are Alright”.
- He said that Julianne Moore was in “that one show about Roller Girl“.
- He thinks that “Inception” was “stupid” and “boring”, which are coincidentally the words I use to describe him.
- He once asked me to play Six Degrees Of Kevin Bacon with him. On the day that I met him.
Quite naturally, I can barely speak to this person. Yes, I’m a snobby evil bastard for this, but I sincerely subscribe to the Rob Gordon-“it’s what you like” theory of compatibility. So today, in an effort to be a nice guy, I completely bit my tongue as I overheard him and some other co-workers engage in movie talk.
It all started when one person asked aloud what movie they should go see tonight. His response was “anything but ‘Inception'”. My blood skipped the begin to boil stage and went right to full on overheat. Since I choose to avoid any and all personal interaction with him, I kept my mouth shut.
It gets worse. He was then asked why he thought “Inception” was bad. “Because the ending leaves you hanging“. Yes. He said that. This caused my brain to physically explode out of my left ear, travel around the room, stop to punch him in his face, then return to me and re-enter my right ear. So not only does dAn (again, not his name) need a movie to spell everything out for him like a child, he essentially ruined the ending of the movie for everyone within earshot.
Call me a cold hearted prick, but I just can’t talk to someone that has bad taste and is so incredibly stupid. I’m sure they had more things to say that would been the verbal equivalent of listening to Nickelback, but I decided to do some actual work…oh, and write this post.
Cinematically Correct note: Sorry if I seem bitter. It’s because…well…I am. Hey, at least I avoided the crazed gay road rage afflicted today.