November 27, 2007

Words and Guitar

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 9:28 PM

I'm supposed to be writing the concluding chapter (!) right now, but I would be remiss if I didn't link to Carrie Brownstein's review of Rock Band (which I haven't played yet) in Slate. She's a little snobbish about it, but when you played guitar for Sleater-Kinney you're allowed.

She's the one on the left:

(And I still have an appendix to write, so I'm not quite there yet... also the whole "revision" thing.)

October 1, 2007

Emma Pollock, Watch The Fireworks

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 12:27 PM

The excellent Scottish band The Delgados unfortunately broke up two years ago, but now there's the next best thing to a new Delgados record: an Emma Pollock solo album. Delgados fans should check it out, especially if, like me, you preferred her vocals to Alun Woodward's. Here's the video for "Acid Test":

My favorite track, though, is not this one but "If Silence Means That Much To You". She's opening for The New Pornographers on their US tour this month—that's a bill I'd definitely see, if only they were coming to California...

August 30, 2007

Caribou, Andorra

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 10:52 PM

I really like Caribou's latest album, but I'm having trouble articulating what makes it good. Instead I'll just post the video for my favorite track, "Melody Day":

Melody Day, what have I done?
Now our hearts are locked up tight again...

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July 17, 2007

Running against the wind

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 2:45 PM

Stuff I've enjoyed recently:

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June 3, 2007

Yippie Ki Yay

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 10:12 PM

Last night we watched the first two Die Hard movies to prepare for Live Free or Die Hard. Now I want to trim my beard to look like Alan Rickman's in the first one:

I had actually never seen Die Hard 2 despite owning the DVD (in a set with the other two, which I had seen). I had heard that it was the worst of the three, and that was my assessment upon seeing it—it doesn't hang together as well and has some laughably silly moments. (Die Hard with a Vengeance, a.k.a. Die Hard: The Stack has its share of silliness but pulls it off better.) Part of the problem, I'm convinced, is that they spend too much time trying to pay homage to the first movie, bringing back most of the surviving characters for some relatively pointless roles. Meanwhile, the third installment made a connection to the first film in the plot while ditching the entire cast (except of course for Bruce Willis) and bringing on Samuel L. Jackson and Jeremy Irons, a formula which was considerably more successful.

One thing I didn't know was that likely Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson appears in Die Hard 2 in a standard Fred Thompson role. Likewise William Atherton appears in the first two movies in a standard William Atherton role.

Finally, I'm sure you've all seen this already but no Die Hard post would be complete without the music video:

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April 5, 2007

Please Stand By

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 12:12 AM

Arcane Gazebo will return to posting shortly. In the meantime, here is Alanis Morissette performing "My Humps". (No, seriously. It's brilliant.)

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September 7, 2006

Lego Music Videos

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 11:05 AM

Stylus presents a compilation of music videos re-enacted in Lego.

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August 30, 2006

Fillmore Scene

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 3:29 PM

At the Zero 7 concert, opening act Jose Gonzalez is covering The Knife's "Heartbeats" on an acoustic guitar.

Guy: Does the original version sound like this?
Me: No, The Knife is an electronica band—it's very different.
Guy: When were they big?
Me: Well, currently.
Guy: That's weird, I've never heard of them.
Me: [realizing] Well, "big" in the sense—
Guy: Oh, in that particular scene.
Girl: Travis, are you a scenester?
Me: No! I just... listen to scenester music... by coincidence.

I don't think she believed me. Will "Travis, are you a scenester?" replace "Travis, are you a math major?" I don't get the latter question much anymore.

(The Knife's version can be heard here [except it may not be working, so also try here] and Jose Gonzalez's version here and also in that cool Sony commercial with the bouncing balls in San Francisco.)

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June 21, 2006

But where's "November Rain"?

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 3:09 PM

Pitchfork hits YouTube and comes back with 100 Awesome Music Videos. Well, some of them are awesome and some are "awesome" (David Hasselhoff covering "Hooked on a Feeling", for example). I watched "To Here Knows When" (My Bloody Valentine) and "Sugarcube" (Yo La Tengo) immediately, those being two of my favorite songs—the former looks like the song for a nice synaesthetic effect, and the latter is just hilarious. Also, the Decemberists' "16 Military Wives" video is worthwhile (I saw it a while ago). Later on I'm going to go through and watch a bunch more of these.

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