April 24, 2009
Sufjan Stevens released a old demo track that was inspired by Sofia Coppola on his blog, and explains a bit of his songwriting process. If you’re a Sufjan fan (or borderline obsessive, like me) it’s pretty much required reading / listening. The track is not half bad, it’s very simple and quaint, just him and a banjo. The melody is quite nice; it wouldn’t sound out of place at all on one of his Christmas EPs. Could a new album be in the near future? Please be so.
For those of you dirty pirate types, there’s a lot to celebrate. Stuart Murdoch’s solo project, God Help The Girl leaked as did the first of two Patrick Wolf albums to be released this year, The Bachelor, and the Iron & Wine compilation, Around The Well. I, happily, have a lot of listening to do this weekend.
I’ve listened to God Help the Girl a bit and it’s quite amazing how well Stuart captured the 60’s folk/pop feel with these songs. The jury’s still out though on how much lasting appeal this album will have. Elsewhere, Connor at i guess i’m floating is all over the new Patrick Wolf grab “Hard Times” and read some of his initial thoughts here.
Cracked.com is really on a roll lately, they’ve really perfected the art of list-based, photoshop-enhanced humor. Here’s one of my recent favorites: Matthew McConaughey’s Next 10 Movie Posters. It’s funny because it’s oh, so true.
Example: Pro Boxer Ed James thought he was ready to fight Vampire Jones, but wasn’t ready for… was falling in love. Matthew McConaughey in Down for the Count.
I find the whole Flaming Lips controversy over “Do You Realize??” being named Oklahoma’s official rock song pretty hilarious. Reading the blog comments of the curmodgeony Oklahoman’s who haven’t heard of / can’t stand for The Flaming Lips’ antics are pretty great. Here’s an interesting news story on the matter from newsok.com, scroll down for the comment wars.
Obligatory 30 Rock reference: “Blue writing on green … why?!?”
If you haven’t been checking out my other writing gig at mtvu.com then you should! Yes, I have to dumb some stuff down for the mass MTV audience, but I also feel pretty proud of some of these articles I’ve written. Here’s links to my most recent writings:
Silversun Pickups – Panic Switch (video premiere)
Asobi Seksu – Me & Mary
Chairlift – Evident Utensil
The-Dream – Rockin’ That Thing (Remix)
Fanfarlo – Harold T. Wilkins
School of Seven Bells – Half Asleep
Death Cab for Cutie – Grapevine Fires
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