Saturday, June 16, 2012

Song of the Day: "Answering Machine"

I was unfamiliar with the band Scout ( -- I got an email from somebody on their PR or promotions team about the newish album, All Those Relays, but I didn't take the time to listen to anything from them.

But yesterday I was listening to another band represented by the same firm (Enola Fall) when this cover of The Replacements's "Answering Machine" came on, and I've listened to the track at least a dozen times since then. Ashen Keilyn evokes the mood of the original while bringing her own smokey angst to the game.

Now I'll have to listen to some of their non-covers music.

Song: "Answering Machine"
Artist: Scout

Why no Dumais brothers?

Troy Dumais
As the premiere source of information for Team USA Diving on the inter-webz, the Rebel Agenda serves a critical role in keeping photos of men in Speedos online.

Without me there would only be millions of pages available for your viewing pleasure.

So it's understandable that fans of the Dumais family diving dynasty would be upset by what can only be described as the nastiest bitch slip of ever, EVER, or possibly an oversight.

In addition to 3-time Olympian Troy, the Dumais clan also includes Justin, Brice, Dwight, Tito and Maurice.

And until fellatio becomes an Olympic event, synchronized diving will be the gay-est event at the Summer Games.

Friday, June 15, 2012

It's Speedo time!

David Boudia
I'm sure it seems like just yesterday that you rode with me from Seattle down to Federal Way to experience your first Olympic Diving Trials, but that was 12 years ago.

If you are John, that was 12 years ago; if you aren't John I'm not sure what's going on since I don't think I took anyone else.

But when you think grace, precision and Speedos, you think of me and John. And here we are, 12 years later, and it's Speedo time again.

L: Michael Hixon; R Top: Toby Stanley; R Bottom: Nick McCrory
The Olympic trials begin on Sunday but television coverage doesn't begin until Monday night at 9 p.m. PDT on NBC Sports Network. The complete schedule is here; you'll want to set your DVR.

Or go see them live in Federal Way, Washington. Because apparently they are in the exact same venue as 12 years ago, back when we drove down in my little black Honda Civic.

As you know, we here at the Rebel Agenda are stalkers of ardent fans of David Boudia. But the spirit of the Olympics means we might just as easily root for any number of divers, so long as they represent the USA.

Or if they just stop by the house. Either way they'd get my support, I'm pretty sure.

It's not a long drive from Federal Way to Portland. Just saying.

Song of the Day: "Tonight"

"I love this song!"
When is the last time you were out dancing at 3 in the morning, exhilarated by the communal energy of hundreds of others: a heady mixture of vodka, endorphins and, in some cases, Ketamine?

"There's a 3 in the morning now?"


Listening to this track from St. Etienne (French for St. Stephen) might remind you, if only just a bit, of what you're missing. For a more complete experience, pay me like $70, cause you know you'd go through that in a night out, easy.

Song: "Tonight"
Artist: St. Etienne

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Song of the Day: "Peoples"

Cheers Elephant
Philly's Cheers Elephant has the sound of a less pretentious Of Montreal: big bombastic indie pop. Perhaps a commercial for an international chain of casual dining restaurants is in their future too. Maybe they can do Red Lobster (OMFG, no, The B-52s have to adopt "Rock Lobster" in a sellout the likes of which most musicians would never dare to dream... and Red Lobster could only benefit from the ironic, camp association). They can have Applebee's.

Song: "Peoples"
Artist: Cheers Elephant

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Song of the Day: "Crystallized"

Crystallized Caffeine Molecules
Melody's Echo Chamber is a one-woman band from Paris, or possibly from a Parisian department store somewhere. Do they still have those?

No, no they don't (defunct as of 2006).

So probably Paris the city.

Dude from Tame Impala had something to do with it. I mean this song, not the closing of the Parisian chain of stores (unless he did, in which case, weird, right?).

Song: "Crystallized"
Artist: Melody's Echo Chamber

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Song of the Day: "There Goes the Ice"

Their pairing makes perfect sense if you don't think about it -- he's long wanted his songs used in montages where a plucky heroine comes into her own: fixing those fucking bangs, changing out of dumpy old boots into posture-destroying overpriced kicky heels, learning how much eyeliner one can get away with during daylight hours and ultimately becoming less vulgarly fat and thus more competent in surgery/court/the cockpit of a fighter jet/the boardroom of a Fortune 500 company/bed with man (the most important job a girl can get); she's been struggling with the art of oblique, random prose, artfully but still artificially thrust in between songs to achieve an almost cliche level of musical downtime in a way that doesn't actually favor the music.
The Ice Worm (or not)

So both Robyn Hitchcock and K.T. Tunstall really can learn from each other.

But while they are both present for the very popular ice, who among us stands for the awesome, the mythic, the ice worm?

Didn't think so.

Me and Sonya, and that's about it.

Song: "There Goes the Ice"
Artist: Robyn Hitchcock/K.T. Tunstall

I missed the fun

(h/t Erin)
Insert seaman reference here

Monday, June 11, 2012

Song of the Day: "Gold"

Like most Americans, I'm sure you spent last night in front of the TV, rooting for Linda Lavin, or possibly Stockard Channing, to win at The Tonys. You probably weren't singing Stevie Nicks songs at a dive karaoke bar/Chinese restaurant in Portland's scenic Columbia Boulevard district (Portland's armpit, and if that sounds like an insult, I'll simply point out that some people are really INTO armpits), and that makes one of us.

"But listen carefully to the sound..." crap, where did I leave my shawl?

Anyway, since you watched you already know that Stockard and Linda were both denied, but the busker-iest of hits, Once, managed to bitch slap Newsies pretty roundly. Sadly Glen Ballard and Martina Navratilova did not pick up any actual awards (from what I see), and, even worse, Alan Menken did (he is the third most awarded Oscar winner, and lacks only an Emmy for full EGOT).

Here's Tony winner Steve Kazee with a song that is, sadly, not by Spandau Ballet (but now all of a sudden I know what the next jukebox musical should be).

Song: "Gold"
Artist: Steve Kazee/Cast of Once

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Celebrating another year for uncle Clark

Uncle Chris brought treats
If you want to make friends with my dogs, or to steal from my home, just bring the dogs treats. If the treats are in some kind of cellophane or other audible wrapper, you will literally have them eating out of your hands in no time.

And by that I mean my vicious guard dogs will be at your throat in no time, you've been warned!!! (This might be true if you wore a ham necklace.)

And here's Tony nominee/birthday boy Clark, out of his "coma" and singing to his mom, on his birthday. I'd have never written something so implausibly sappy.

I am officially lame and I do owe him a night out singing karaoke. When I'm better rested and possibly have back up (Kelly, John). Since he doesn't read my blog I'm fairly safe from him cashing this in for a while.

Happy birthday dude, welcome to continued mundane life here on Bryant Street.

Song of the Day: "Five Seconds"

Don't know when I ran across Twin Shadow -- let's assume I was already over them (him) when he played Coachella in 2010 cause that would make me cool, I mean that would clearly show you how cool I am, being over something. Always cool.

I don't remember any of that, but not remembering totally sounds like something I'd do, so quite plausible.

I do have a note that this reminds me of Heaven 17, around the time of Pleasure One, an album of theirs I think doesn't get the praise it deserves. If you have the time to parse that out, I think you'll find a compliment for George (the real name of Twin Shadow).

I never said I would make it easy.

Song: "Five Seconds"
Artist: Twin Shadow

Happy Birthday Clark

I know I use a phrase like "fucked up" a lot -- with me it could mean anything from "someone forgot salad forks" to "zombies are actively attacking our campsite" (I know that stretches the bounds of credibility, me at a campsite, but just go with it), but this week has been truly fucked up. And much like the farce Noises Off, which, apparently NO ONE ELSE IN THE WORLD HAS SEEN TO GET THE METAPHOR, everything seems to have continued to move quickly without running into each other. It's exhausting and time for my nap, but Clark is home and this is for him:
For all of my shortcomings welcome to my homecoming

Happy birthday dude! Now please let me have my nap.