Thursday, August 23, 2012

Do You Enjoy 80's New Wave Music?

Well, I never did. But...I don't necessarily need to love a piece of art (whether writing, music, painting, movies, etc) to still be able to admire the skill or craft or talent that an artist has. Australian musician Stephen Carmichael dropped me a message asking if I do reviews. I never had before, but then again, no one had ever asked me. I told him that from the looks of his site, I doubted it would be my kind of thing and I generally won't post about things I don't like.

Anyhow, I did check out his video. Naturally, it isn't to my personal taste. However, I did think it showed enough professionalism that people who do like such music might like to discover him, and I think it can be cool to help relatively unknown artists reach an untapped audience. So, is it your kind of music?

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Good Music Covers

Usually when a band covers a song by another group or songwriter it's time to wince and move on very quickly. Every so often, though, someone does a cover very well. The Beatles and Led Zeppelin did a lot of this in their earlier albums. Here are a couple of songs that I think were done really well as covers, even though I still love the originals more. What sets these versions off so much from most covers is how distinctive these are from the originals. There is no attempt to be similar to the originals; these are complete reinterpretations
Here A Perfect Circle does an eerie version of What's Going On, originally by Marvin Gaye
Below is Tool's reimagining of the Led Zeppelin classic No Quarter. What connects these two bands is Maynard James Keenan, the singer and songwriter, who I believe is the most brilliant songwriter of my generation.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Angry Songs

What music do you listen to when you are in a foul mood? I've been upset at myself all week for making a big mistake that made me look foolish (the Die Hard incident, for those who have read the posts), so I've been listening to a lot of these two songs that I tend to play when I am angry. Warning, don't listen to them if you are overly sensitive! They are awesome songs, but they are also pretty explicit. I crank them way up, especially the incredible finish to the first one when it just gets brutal.

Okay, and if you need to calm down after that, here is a gorgeous song...

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


When I blogged yesterday about working as an extra, I believed that it was the details of the scene that were meant to be kept under wraps, and I didn't say anything about it. I had no idea that people didn't already know about the actress playing in the scene, or I would never have put that in. So, it may be too little too late, but I have removed my post and I apologize for not understanding that her role wasn't meant to be revealed for some reason. I wish all the sites posting about my mistake would remove their articles, but I imagine that won't happen.

I see now that someone has also put photos of her working here, so it would have been out anyhow, but that still doesn't make me feel better. I honestly didn't know her presence was a secret.