Monday, July 25, 2011


I discovered the other night that one of my friends doesn't know who Hanson is.

Now, I was never a crazy Hanson fan, but in second grade the girl down the street had her walls covered in magazine cutouts and posters and CD liners. I spent a lot of time listening to "MMMBop". (The date on that says 1997. I cannot believe that sitting around on Alyssa's bed listening to Hanson and The Spice Girls was 14 years ago. So crazy.)

I showed my friend “MMMBop” and she said it sounded familiar but she was convinced the people singing it were young girls. The night progressed and I never got to show her recent Hanson, but I just thought of it now, as I realized I haven’t really listened to anything recent of theirs either. I found “Give a Little” and it is just too cute not to post.

Definitely not girls.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


SPIN, for the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind, released a cover version of entitled Newermind. The accompanying issue calls it "the album that changed everything" and yeah, it was.

Nevermind came out when I was two, and I had the chorus of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" scrawled on the back of my planner sophomore year of high school. I don't think I own a physical copy of Nevermind because my copy was a burned CD from a friend, songs out of order and interspersed with The Dropkick Murphys. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is one of the first music videos I remember seeing. Nevermind inspired Rivers Cuomo to write The Blue Album, and inspired countless other artists to write songs and pick up guitars.

SPIN is currently giving the album away for download on their facebook page. I don't love all the covers, but they do show how far reaching of an impact the album has had. All of these different bands have been connected somehow by this 20 year old album. My favorite might be “Polly” by Amanda Palmer, as it’s one of my favorite Nirvana songs sung by one of my favorite artists in a creepy lullaby. I will always hold a special place in my heart for Butch Walker as well, and “In Bloom” is great. And I haven’t made it through the whole album yet, but “Breed” has made me admit that maybe Titus Andronicus isn’t all bad.

Monday, July 18, 2011

"Let me essplain...

No, there is too much. Let me sum up."

- Love in Stockhom at The Middle East on July 8, 2011. They were supported by Tumbleweed Company and Zongo Junction and Turkuaz. The night was defined by tons of people on stage and a tall blonde dude aggressively dance attacking about six or seven different girls. My favorite was Zongo Junction, as they were happy and bouncy and up, even without lyrics. Good stuff.

- Rilo Kiley is officially over, a decision brought about by "deception, disloyalty, and greed." Ouch. That sounds bad. I was never a huge fan, but I did enjoy some of their stuff. I should probably choose to put "Science vs. Romance" or "Never" here, but honestly, this was the song I listened to the most. I don't care if it's not the best.

- I heard "You Make Me Feel" on the radio and it took me a good ten seconds to figure out who it was. Disappointed. A behind the scenes video showed them having a little fun, but it just sucks that the band who had a large part in making me who I am is losing who they are as I trade skinny jeans for dress pants and dye the purple out of my hair.

Sunday, July 3, 2011


I saw this on a friend's facebook the other day and there was something about it I loved. I'm not a huge Lily Allen fan, but she drops into my radar every now and then and I love what she does.

I love the concept of the video, the two sides of the mirror, the reality and the dream.

But it's something about the tone of the song, the feel, and the idea. I've had this idea for years, one I'm trying so hard to disavow myself of, that life just ends at 30. If you don't do it before thirty, accomplish it before thirty, make it before thirty, then you never will. Once you're thirty, everything stops and either you've made it or you haven't.

I have just under eight years left.