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MTVU and other odds and ends

Date January 14, 2009

It’s been hard not to blow the lid off this early (prematurely shoot my wad as Tobias would say) but I’ve been given the OK that I can officially announce that I’m going to be writing some posts for MTVU‘s new music blog, which is called, wait for it… The Music Blog.  Overly-obvious title aside, it’s a pretty cool gig and it’ll give me a chance to spread my music rantings to a larger crowd.  Also on the blogger panel are Zack and Adrian from All Things Go and Lindsay (who also heads up the project) from Post-Its and Chicken Scratch.

I have two posts up currently up, both on bands with the initals FF – Friendly Fires and Fleet Foxes (Franz Ferdinand, you could be next!).  You can see my recent posts at any given time by clicking here.  I might put a link or two on here occasionally when a good article goes up.  So check it out people!

MP3 Dire Straits – Money For Nothing

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A couple new video premiers of interest: The first song from Beirut’s new EP, March Of The Zapotec, the horntastic “la Llorna” is out in video form at Stereogum.  Also check out Of Montreal’s kite-tastic new video for “An Eluardian Instance” (which you might remember was in top 10 tracks of 08). Here’s both links:

Video: Beirut -La Llorna
Video: Of Montreal  – An Eluardian Instance

Coachella line-up rumors are flying and I’ve already read a few rumors concerning Lollapalooza ’09, and it’s looking very good so far.  According to Chicago message boards: Animal Collective, No Age, Kaiser Chiefs, and Hot Chip will all be at Lollapalooza this year, which is 4-out-of-4 for bands I’ve never seen and would like to. 

Read my Lollapalooza ’08 coverage

I’ve been kindof obsessed with this show on Discovery Channel called Time Warp lately. Basically the entire premise of the show is that they use insanely high-tech high-speed cameras to capture anything they think would look cool in slow-mo (stuff like bullets, firecrackers, dry ice bombs, popcorn, bubbles, car crashes, getting punched in the face).  It’s like an entire show based on Korn’s “Freak on a Leash” video. I love it.

Video: Time Warp Trailer

This is hands-down the most horrible commercial I’ve ever seen for Microsoft’s new Garageband-killer Songsmith.  It’s hard to believe that this is real and not one of those SNL parody commercials. Major LOLZ at the line, “It’s Microsoft, so it’s easy, right?”.  Watch below, but don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Video: Microsoft Songsmith


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13 Responses to “MTVU and other odds and ends”


  1. Linds said:

    you spelled Zack’s name wrong. You totally blew yourself.

  2. Taylor said:

    Fixed and there’s gotta be a better way to say that.

  3. Anisha said:

    Hey, I’m new to blogging. How do you link a song to Quicktime Player???

  4. jim said:

    You blow hard. But seriously, that’s great to hear about the mtvu gig. it’s just a matter of time before I’m telling people, “I listened to taylor for music advice *way* before he got his own daily segment on CNN.”

  5. Susquatch said:

    Good to hear about the MTVU job. And let’s hope you don’t cover the new Franz Ferdinand album. It’s hilariously bad.

  6. saint francis said:

    Beirut is a totally cheap trick. All his music sounds similar if not exactly the same.

  7. saint francis said:

    Or as Mugatu would say, “I feel like I’m taking crazy pills! Gulag Orkstar, Flying Club Cup, Long Gisland, the man only has one look for christ sake!”

    Still I could ‘prematurely shoot my wad’ at this new ep.

  8. Hanan said:

    haha Tobias.

    congrats =)

  9. fratster said:

    Grats on the new gig man. I’m not sure if I can stomach anything else written about Fleet Foxes that doesn’t involve a meteor cratering their Econoline Tourvan.

  10. daniela said:

    Why does Lisa’s laptop look like a Mac?? Those are some strategically placed stickers right there…

  11. Taylor said:

    Yea, that’s most definitely a poorly disguised Macbook Pro.

  12. hyperheroman said:

    just wanted to drop in and say excellent blog! :)

    congrats with mtvu!

  13. mariana said:

    hey it’s “La Llorona” not “La llorna”