Sunday, October 26, 2014

Rambling Around Town: El Torreon

I'm going to start with a disclaimer: I haven't been to El Torreon yet; however, I want to tell you about the place because they need some support. Currently, they have a Kickstarter running that only has about a week left. Meeting their goal can help them add a music venue in Kansas City that, so far, has offered great names at great prices. I have high hopes for this place.

I have pledged my support and hope you will too. If you like live music, I urge you to support a venue that is looking to provide a chance to have intimate shows with great bands.

Recently Unearthed: Lost Ark Studio

I've told you many times about how much awesome music I find on Noisetrade. Lately, anywhere I go, my favorite thing is label samplers. So, the other day when I was digging around on Noisetrade I found 8 volumes of music from Lost Ark Studio in California.

I did a quick glance of the "sounds like section" and decided to go for it and download all 8 volumes. Because of this decision, this has been a great week! It's exciting to find some new, interesting music. I don't get a lot of time for stuff like this anymore, so it's a real treat when I find something special.

I thought the best way to share with you about these volumes, was to do a little mix tape of some of the songs I liked the best. I haven't even done any searching to see what kind of web content these bands have before sitting down to write this so, I'm not sure what this will look like when it's done, but if nothing else, you can (at least for now) download the music from Noisetrade.

Here we go. Please note this is not necessarily and all-inclusive list of music I liked out of the many volumes:

The Paragraphs - Turns to Dust

Republic of Letters - Help Me

Strange Vine - Kitchen Floor

Tan Sister Radio - Leap Year

The Absolute - I Had it Coming

That's a few to get you started. Jump in and take a look around.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Recently Unearthed: Grav3yardgirl

I have a Roku. I might have told you about it before, maybe not. Anyway, I had one of the kind of "original" Rokus, but it got stolen at Thanksgiving (see past posts for that fun story), so I bought a new one. The newer generation is kind of not my favorite thing in the world. It interferes with my laptop wifi and seems a little glitchy, but it's mine so I deal with it.

When I first got started with Roku I had hoped to use it for YouTube, but later found out that YouTube didn't really work with Roku; however, they've recently added a YouTube channel that I have been getting a lot of enjoyment out of. I don't check for "new" channels often and don't really keep up on Roku news, so maybe this has been available longer than I realize, but it's a recent addition for me.

The YouTube channel isn't dreamy, but it's tolerable. It works better if you go ahead and register/sync your device to your YouTube account. It works even better (most of the time) if you browse YouTube on your smartphone, then link to your Roku to play the video on your TV. (It's easier to search using smartphone than the Roku/YouTube search where you hunt & peck the alphabet.)

So, somehow in between my recent rekindled love of Morten Harket (formerly of a-ha) and the obsessive video watching that ensued, I happened upon Grav3yardgirl. You see, if you watch a video on the YouTube channel on Roku, when one video ends, it will start another after a few seconds and somehow it decided to play one of her "Does this thing really work?" videos.

I'm ever-so-skeptical of As Seen on TV products, so I let the video play. My first reaction to Bunny was that she was a little crazy. Then, before judgement set in, I realized that I TOO am a little crazy so maybe that isn't such a bad thing.

Long story still reasonably long, it's been a couple of weeks now and I'm thoroughly and completely 100% addicted to her YouTube channel. This weekend, I taught my mom (& attempted to teach the cat) the art of "Sippy Sippy". I must warn you, this art needs some practice as, even for Bunny, I've noticed that sometimes Sippy Sippy turns into Chokey Coughy.

Being a rather portly dinosaur, I'm not that much into fashion. My arms are too short to apply makeup, so I'm not into that either (a-la T-Rex trying); however, I even really like watching her videos about makeup and clothes and the death-machine shoes she likes to wear. 

It might not be your "thang" but I'd recommend you take a look at her channel and see if you like it. It's hard to pick a video to share, so I'll just post the last one I watched.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Recently Extinct: UUVVWWZ

I said I wasn't going to do anymore Recently Extinct blogs until I came across UUVVWWZ. I lied.

You see, when I'm working, I have my iPod on most of the time. If I find a song I don't like, I mark it 1 star, so later when I sync my iPod, I'll know to remove that song from my device. (If you have a better way of doing this... I'd be happy to hear your method!) If I like a song, I'll mark it a higher star rating and if I'm indifferent it gets no stars.

While I'm doing this, if something catches my attention enough, I'll write it down on a little list I keep so I can go back and listen to more later. These lists are what I keep with me to remember what to tell you about when I actually get around to blogging.

When I first started this blog, I was going to do some reviews of music I didn't like, but I stopped doing that because I don't want to be one of those people. You know the ones... they join Yelp just to do a horrible review for one business after one experience or even worse because they've heard something bad and haven't even gone there themselves.

I don't like when people say "Oh, I hate _____." and haven't even tried it...or even if they have tried it and still hate it, that doesn't mean other people have to hate it.

I hate miso soup, but there are bazillions of people out there that eat it. I don't understand it. I can't stand it. I don't even want to think about it.

Well, UUVVWWZ is my new miso soup. They are to music what Amy Schumer is to I've gone too far. No one is as bad as she is.

Anyway, when UUVVWWZ came up on my ipod, it impacted me so that I wrote it on my list of things to tell you about and next to it I wrote BAD BAD BAD.

You be your own judge. Remember that I tried to warn you.

UUVVWWZ and Amy Schumer on eBay

Dinomite Track: Anni Rossi - Land Majestic

I don't listen to a lot of Anni Rossi's music... well I haven't yet... I'm not saying I won't. I have her Daytrotter sessions and really love Land Majestic.

I'm not sure how "official" or "unofficial" this video is, but it's all I've got:

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Recently Unearthed: Tim Fite

Whoot! Hello! Hey! What's up!
You thought I'd dropped off the face of the earth, eh?
Sometimes it's just hard to sit down and write. It's like everything I need to get done involves a computer and sometimes I just get a little tired of using the computer.

I'm still working on trying to sell off some of my dad's stuff on eBay. It'll take years, but trying to get the clunky stuff out of the way at least.

Work seems busy all of the time.

Winter was ROUGH!

I have to spend a lot of my time at my Mom's now.

There are lots of reasons. Not one of them is that I don't love you.

So, the other day, I was sitting around listening to my iPod at work and this really cool song came on called Joyriding. It just INSTANTLY got my attention. Turns out it was Tim Fite. I had a few of his downloads from Paste and Daytrotter. Now, I'm obsessed and have like 50 of his songs.

So, go listen to Joyriding. I couldn't find a great video for it.

Instead, I chose this video. Maybe it's not my favorite song, but it's still good and... Who doesn't love animated cat buttholes, right?

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Recently Unearthed: Generationals

I own a lot of tracks from Generationals. They've come from different sources, like Paste, Daytrotter, perhaps even considering the number of tracks I have. They're from New Orleans, which already puts them in line to be something I like, since there are a lot of things I find myself liking in New Orleans.