Day 40. “Dear Science” by TV on the Radio

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Lancaster City-Circa 2006

Deserted Island albums, this one makes my list.

Dear Science” came out in 2008. I’m not even sure who had recommended this gem to me, but I am so very grateful because it is freakin’ superb.

“Dear Science, please start solving problems and curing diseases or shut the fuck up”-David Sitek (Producer of the album).

Their bassist, Gerard Smith, passed away in April of 2011 from lung cancer. Tunde Adebimpe (vocals) had found him performing on the street, and impressed-invited him to join the band. He was a self taught musician of piano, bass, organ, classical guitar and sitar. Gerard also studied fine arts at FIT. RIP, Gerard ❤

TV on the Radio has a way of making music so perfectly, with just enough experimentation to make something new an interesting, but still palatable (Stop it grammar nazis… I like run-on sentences). And these lyrics!

Track 5- “Golden Age” (and this music video is hilarious and magical)

Heart beat sounding
Ricocheting in their cage
Thought I’d lose my balance
With the grounds bounce and sway
And all this violence
And all this goes away
And the vibes that rise like
Fireflies illuminate our play

Track 6- “Family Tree”. (beautifully bittersweet song about an interracial relationship)

Were laying in the shadow of your family tree
Your haunted heart and me
Brought down by an old idea whose time has come
And in the shadow of the gallows of your family tree
There’s a hundred hearts soar free
Pumping blood to the roots of evil to keep it young

Track 10- “DLZ” (deals-American capitalism)

You force your fire then you falsify your deeds
Your methods dot the disconnect from all your creeds
And fortune strives to fill the vacuum that it feeds
But this is beginning to feel like the dog’s lost the lead

Substance. This album is not only enjoyable to listen to, but it has substance! I can’t wait to hear their latest album “Seeds”.

P.s. Tunde (Vocals) also stars in an awesome indie film called “Jump Tomorrow” Watch it. You will not be disappointed.

Farewell! Enjoy your weekend! I know I will 🙂

 

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Day 39. “CrazySexyCool” by TLC

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Crazy. Sexy. Cool. 1999?

So, yesterday was a bit rough. I learned that adult lesson about when you buy nice things, you pay a lot more to get them fixed! I resent that lesson, and the large sum of money that is about to leave my bank account.

That being said, wow have I come a long way! It’s one thing to be successful, but being successful and loving what you do makes a world of a difference in the day to day!

One of these days, I will re-visit New Found Glory…I just couldn’t handle it yesterday. Mixing poppy-punk, Jordan Pundik‘s vocals, and a high amount of stress…nope.

“CrazySexyCool” brings me back to the days where I had no idea what was going on in the real world. I was, 7? 7 years old when this album came out in 1994. I can remember Kaitlin and I playing this cassette on her red fisher price tape player

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while swinging on the swing-set in her backyard. I’m a little surprised our neighbors never asked us to turn it off….now that I listen to the scandalous lyrics! Red Light Special??? (Babyface produced that song, go figure..I can’t take anything seriously by a guy that calls himself Babyface…Baby…Face.)

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You’ve been Babyface’d

Notable Tracks (not produced by Babyface):

Track 2- “Creep”-yeaaaaah

Track 8- “Waterfalls” –this.

Track 15- “Switch”- I said if you man starts actin’ up..Switch and take his friend! (hilarious)

Track 16- “Sumthin’ Wicked This Way Comes”-favorite song on this album.

BABYFACE!!!

Tomorrow: “Dear Science” by TV on the Radio The lazy way they turned your head, Into a rest stop for the dead, And did it all in gold and blue and grey.

Day 37. “Crash” by Dave Matthews Band

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Me & Lydia -1989

Number 1 influence of my musical upbringing, is my sister Lydia. I followed her from the days of Blackhawk (legendary country band from the 90’s with luscious locks) all the way to Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three (Millennial steppin’ Ragtime/American Band).

In the beginning, I would just steal cassette tapes from her room (Blackhawk, John Michael Montgomery, The Wallflowers, Barenaked Ladies, The Beatles).Once Lydia accepted the fact that I thought she was a cool big sister (it took a few years), she decided to embrace the fact that I enjoyed listening to her music.

Although this is not one of the albums we blasted at full volume in the toyota camry when Lydia first got her license, it was she that introduced me to Dave Matthews Band (The album was “Under the Table And Dreaming”, but for some reason half of it got deleted from my library…so, I settled with “Crash”).

I never really understood why people don’t like Dave Matthews Band. Oh my god…he SOLD OUT?? What is this world coming to… 😉

I really do love this album. It contains one of my favorite love songs of all time:

Track 6- “Say Goodbye

he sings:

So here we are tonight
You and me together
The storm outside, the fire is bright
And in your eyes I see
What’s on my mind
You’ve got me wild
Turned around inside
And then desire, see, is creeping
Up heavy inside here
And know you feel the same way
I do now

This day…it’s going to drive me right out of my brain (seriously, it almost did). So..thank you, Dave! Monkey see, monkey do…YEAH! I’m a puppy for your love. (not really, but I thought it would be fun to write this blog using your lyrics). Celebrate we will, because life is short but sweet for certain! ❤

Goodnight 🙂

Tomorrow: “New Found Glory”  by New Found Glory Ash his heart onto the ground. Pull his guts out by frustration, Be careful you might kill him…

Day 36. “Completely Well” by B.B. King

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Bluesin’ with Little Brother-Circa 1997

Happy freakin’ Monday!

All hail the late King of blues, B.B. King! I’ve got nothing more to share today than the blues, baby ❤

“Pleeeaaaase let me come back home…”

I love the blues. Why? It’s got soul.

The blues is about admitting your hardships, looking life straight in the eye, and overcoming those battles. Sure-the underlining is melancholy, but it’s deep and it comes from the heart.

An interesting fact: LIKE FRIEND JOHNNY CASH, PRISONS WERE GOOD TO B.B.

“King’s message of universal hope, love, peace and joy has touched all! He’s famously played in several prisons over his career, including in 1992 when he played at a Florida correctional facility where one of his daughters was incarcerated, and his landmark 1971 Live From Cook County Jail, which spent three weeks at the Billboard R&B chart, and was ranked one of Rolling Stone’s most influential albums of all time!”

 

 

 

Tomorrow: “Crash” by Dave Matthews Band I say my hell is the closet I’m stuck inside
can’t see the light.

Day 35. “The Gold Record” by Bouncing Souls

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Mary Lane 2013

I love this album. It’s the nostalgia for sure. 2006, my first year of college. It was, going to shows every week. It was, staying out with friends around a camp fire till dawn. It was all the relationships that were strengthened through our constant contact with each other. We were thick as thieves.

To me, this album was everything I was experiencing that year. Learning to appreciate what I had, and moving forward. I was starting a new chapter in my life. I started spending more time exploring the city I grew up in.

Hate to sound cliche, but these were the days before the smart phone. We all had cell phones at that point, but none of us were glued to them. We gave each other everything. 100%. No distractions, just pure comradery.

Track 4- “The Pizza Song”

If these walls could sing, they’d sing us a hundred songs
And if these walls could talk, they’d say they’d seen it coming all along, all along

❤ To all of my friends. You make my world go ’round. 🙂

Tack 6- “Better Things” (Kinks cover)

It’s really good to see you rocking out and having fun
Living like you’ve just begun
Accept your life and what it brings
I hope tomorrow you find better things
I know tomorrow you’ll find better things

 

Auf Wiedersehen!

Day 34. “What happened to Television” by Greyboy Allstars

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January 2013- Urban Exploring in the Salton Sea

It’s 1993 at the Green Circle Bar in San Diego.

 

Cue in Ron Burgundy on the Jazz Flute.

 

Track 1-  “Don’t touch my V-neck Sweater”….how can you not want to listen to an album with track title like that?

One of my favorite projects in high school was for my advanced art class. We had to pick our least favorite medium, and do a series in that medium. Mine was watercolor, and my number was 100. That semester, I did 100 watercolor paintings. Now, I love watercolor.

How often do we write things off, rather than taking the time to truly appreciate them? If I hadn’t started this blog, I probably would have skimmed through this album once or twice. I would have let myself be distracted. I would have skipped songs.

Today, I listened to this album a total of 6 times. Running approximately 45 minutes…making my total time invested 4.5 hours. Math?

Anyhow, you should check out this album if you check off the following:

  1. You like jazz music
  2. You want to like jazz music
  3. You don’t like jazz music, but are interested in what it is all about
  4. You wear a v-neck sweater
  5. You thought it was cool that Bill Clinton played the saxophone
  6. You would like to know what it is like to have Pigeons Under Water (track 10- Who put the “acid” in acid jazz?)
  7. You think the drummer ain’t had none in a long time…(track 11-he ain’t had none, in a long time…)
  8. You want to boogie down.

 

 

Tomorrow: “The Gold Record” by Bouncing Souls I heard someone say, that nothing gold can stay ❤

 

 

 

Day 33. “Elephant” by The White Stripes

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Dunnnnn.dun dun dun dun dunnn dunnn…

The low brass section marches down the street playing Seven Nation Army (Track 1). We marched single file, blasting loud and proud (and it was awesome…-haters gonna hate). Now I really wished I had learned this entire album on the Tuba. Some of you think I am a huge nerd right now, and that’s okay.

Jack White starts the album off strong with Seven Nation Army, presumably pissed off at his peers for gossiping.

He sings:

I’m going to Wichita
Far from this opera for evermore
I’m gonna work the straw
Make the sweat drip out of every pore
And I’m bleeding, and I’m bleeding, and I’m bleeding
Right before the lord
All the words are gonna bleed from me
And I will think no more

And the stains comin’ from my blood tell me, “Go back home.”

Apparently, no recording technology beyond 1963 was used to produce this album. That’s pretty neat! How neat is that?
For some legendary guitar riffs, refer below:
Track 6: ” I Want To Be The Boy”- 1:50
Track 8: “Ball & Biscuit”-the entire song
For Tuba renditions of these guitar riffs, please refer below:

Day 32. “Takk…” by Sigur Ros

 

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View from my balcony

Lucky. I love this view. Sure- It’s not the beach, or the mountains…but it works for me 🙂

As I look into the night sky, and watch the sparking headlights from the distant freeway…I listen to one of my favorite albums, “Takk…” by Sigur Ros.

I remember when I first listened to this album. It was in 2006. I had just graduated high school, and had no idea what I was going to do with my life. Well, there was a plan…but it had been foiled. My dream was to become an Architect, and I had a full ride to Philadelphia University. On the other hand, my internal ego was getting the best of me…and I acted as if I was the only person that wanted to go to Philadelphia University. I mean, they gave me the full ride…and, I declined. Coming from a small town, and working since I was 13…I never really knew what it was like to be treated like a fish in the sea. My support group wasn’t in Philadelphia, it was in Lancaster.

After my acceptance to Philadelphia University, I had to schedule a portfolio review with some of the professors at the college. It was scheduled for April, 2006. In March, I called the school to find out the logistics of my meeting. I had spent every moment preparing, and calming my excitement. Picking a college was, to me, one of the most important decisions of my life.

I called.

” Miss Brubaker, I’m sorry but we have no record of your acceptance. I do not see anything here regarding your portfolio review.”

Flustered, and upset, I explained to the administration about receiving the full Architecture scholarship at our high-school awards ceremony.

” I’m sorry, but there must have been a mistake. We have no record of your acceptance. If you would like to re-apply for next year, I can get you the paperwork.”

I hung up the phone, and felt defeated. There was no back up plan. I had everything planned out for moving to Philadelphia. I had even started compiling a list of the local shops, and planned out my morning run at the neighboring park.

Not wanting to take a year off of school, I decided to start my first year of college online with The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

A few months before I started classes with The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, I received a letter…

” Dear Miss Brubaker,

This letter is to inform you of your housing placement at Philadelphia University. Please fill out the form to determine your dormitory…”

I threw the letter away, and started a new chapter in my book.

 

That year, I spent almost every evening with my friends that were attending The Art Institute of York. They never had anything good to say about it. It was all about getting screwed over by student loans, and the teachers don’t know what they are doing…the projects are crap…etc. What I did notice, is that they were doing something with their art, and they were passionate about it. It didn’t matter how “bad” their education was, they were incredibly talented and creative people. The education was just there for the degree, and some self discipline.

This album came from one of those artists. They were studying film at The Art Institute, and a few of these songs were used in their work.

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I told my 4 year old roommate that he could contribute to this post. I asked him what he thought about this album, and this was his response:

“This music is boring. I don’t dance about this music. Can’t handle it. It doesn’t work. It’s not rock and roll. That’s slow. Beh…” eye roll….shuffles to the bathroom…” I’m going potty…MOMMMM!!!! I need a Banana!! I like rock and roll. I like the monkey face song. It makes me want to eat a banana.”

 

To me, this album is like yoga for the brain cells 🙂 Meditation after defeat. Preparation for a new journey.

❤ Later Tuesday!

Tomorrow: “Elephant” by The White Stripes I’m gonna fight ’em off! A seven nation army couldn’t hold me back!

 

 

 

 

Day 31. “Eve 6” by Eve 6

Have you ever gone to see one of your favorite bands right before they broke up? That was the one and only time I saw Eve 6.

It was 2004, and I was a Junior in High school. I had been listening to Eve 6 since middle school, and was so excited to hear they would be performing at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster. I coerced a few of my friends to go with me, and made sure we got their early for a good spot.

Well…there were plenty of good spots. Lots of them. An hour in…still pretty empty. And, there were still good spots minutes before Eve 6 was going to play. We quite possibly were the only people there.

Probably one of the most awkward experiences for both the audience and the band. What I didn’t know was that the band was on the outs already. Their most recent album at the time wasn’t doing very well, and I can’t say that I ever listened to it (now I feel like I should… It’s All in Your Head).

They definitely were not excited to play the show, and seemed pretty pissed about it. Not to mention, they all had to be fairly intoxicated… or they just really didn’t give a fuck…Who knows. All I know is this: that night I sang more lyrics than Max Collins could pronounce, and that same night I retired my two treasured Eve 6 albums.

 

I  have decided to bring them back, I am happy about it, and I still know every lyric to this entire album.

Eve 6-Self titled 1998

Notable tracks- all of them.

these lyrics…

Track 2- “Inside Out

he sings:

I would swallow my pride, I would choke on the rinds
But the lack thereof would leave me empty inside
Swallow my doubt turn it inside out
Find nothin’ but faith in nothin’
Want to put my tender, heart in a blender
Watch it spin around to a beautiful oblivion
Rendezvous then I’m through, now I’m through with you

and this.

Track 3- “Leech

Suckin’ on my brain your the teacher I’m the student
Turning things around your story’s not congruent
Tabloid decoys pitiful excuses
Turning things around You’re turning things around

and this.

Track 8- “Tongue Tied

Take my tongue
It’s cocked and loaded The board has
dubbed you special student Sit alone sweat
in silence We don’t tolerate defiance

So good.

Tomorrow: “Takk…” by Sigur Ros  Get ready for a totally different musical experience…

Happy Monday! ❤