Saturday, April 27, 2013

Happy Birthday Casey Kasem

Casey is iconic. Well, he's iconic if you remember the Reagan administration. I think if you were born in the late 80s he was displaced by Shadoe Stevens or (shudder) John Tesh. I guess they did to Casey when Casey did to Wolfman Jack, or something. But Casey is synonymous with Top 40 radio countdown shows, and accordingly Casey is the youngest inductee into the Radio Hall of Fame. He also received Billboard's first Lifetime Achievement Award.

He almost broke the Billboard Hot 100 singles list with this completely forgettable track:

Aside from radio, he has a place in pop culture history as the voice of Shaggy from various incarnations of Scooby-Doo. He's did other voice work as well (Robin in Super Friends, Josie and the PussycatsTransformers, Battle of the Planets) but really Shaggy is the signature character.

And finally, here's Casey Kasem saying "fuck":

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Song of the Day: "The Lonely Night"

This is Moby with dude from Screaming Trees, but not the dead one (which is funny since the dead one was in Alice in Chains and NOT Screaming Trees... confusion!). I understand its provenance to be a B-side for Record Day.

Of course I also just confused Alice in Chains with Screaming Trees, so don't place any large bets on anything I write this morning.

The video is lovely, even if my facts are all wrong.

Song: "The Lonely Night"
Artist: Moby/Mark Lanegan

Friday, April 26, 2013

Song of the Day: "Heavy Eyes"

The Postelles from their second album ... And It Shook Me.

Song: "Heavy Eyes"
Artist: The Postelles

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Who could have YAWN seen this coming?

Details at Queerty but here's the gist of it: the poster child for the "ex-gay movement," a "therapy" designed to help convert teh gayz from being teh gay into being teh aweSUM and straightly straight (SEE ALSO: Marcus Bachmann), is now, officially, teh gay. Again. In his words:
I no longer support or promote the movement. Please allow me to be clear: I do not believe that reparative therapy changes sexual orientation; in fact, it does great harm to many people.
I know that countless people were harmed by things I said and did in the past, Parents, families, and their loved ones were negatively impacted by the notion of reparative therapy and the message of change. I am truly, truly sorry for the pain I have caused.
And from the bottom of my heart let me just say GO FUCK YOURSELF. You've done NOTHING but bring pain and divisiveness, so go fuck yourself with something painful you shithead. That's what Jesus would want. I know because deep in MY heart he told me.

Asshat. Ass clown.

[NOTE: Apologies for using a term that was expressly forbidden per the Word Rules for 2013.]

Song of the Day: "Another Night"

I can't explain my mood. It's pensive and angsty and I need to do something really strenuous and physical. Maybe swim. (Oh hey, this band is Wild Swim.)

Maybe cut down a tree.

Probably not cut down a tree, let's all be honest here.

There's something about the simple, haunting bass line, that mimics my pensivity (it's a new word, you're welcome). Angsty pensivity.

Type 2 angsty pensivity.

Dot com.

Song: "Another Night"
Artist: Wild Swim

The golden rage

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Cat dressed as shark riding Roomba around duckling

Or, as they'd call it during a First Thursday gallery walk "Chance Encounters"

Song of the Day: "We're Coming Up"

For best aural results consider this: the high today is expected to be 75 degrees (Fahrenheit, I'm not a lizard) and I'm wearing shorts to work. Anarchy! I mean Spring!

This song by For the Foxes has big dopey rhythms and a whimsy that needs no explanation beyond I've used the word "whimsy"... fuck, don't over analyze this.

Song: "We're Coming Up"
Artist: For the Foxes

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

This is funny

Seriously fuuny

Song of the Day: "Do It Again"

Camera Obscura recorded their forthcoming album HERE IN PORTLAND.

This is obviously about me and my super-influential blog and also the super intense "Portland is teh aweSUM vibe" I gave off at their concert here which may or may not have been driven by 3, or possibly 4 (pretty sure it was 4) Long Island Iced Teas. Which is a lot. But then Portland IS teh aweSUM and it can make me thirsty conveying that.

And a boy needs to hydrate.

So June 21st is Lelando's 50th birthday and I will be at the Crystal Ballroom watching the Obscuras be  Cameraed. As prophesized by the prophesies (it's what they do you know).

Song: "Do It Again"
Artist: Camera Obscura

These were canine dogs

Monday, April 22, 2013

R.I.P. Chrissy Amphlett, Richie Havens

I recall someone making a snarky comment when Divinyls scored a hit in 1991 with "I Touch Myself" that the band had managed to be a hot new band in 3 different decades. Even if you grew sick of this song after hearing it 3 times, there's no denying Amphlett's strength or sex appeal. She passed away at age 53 due to complications from breast cancer. It's no joke that she wants her legacy, this song, to be a reminder to women to perform breast self examinations on a regular basis. Even if you hate the song, you've got to admit that's a pretty awesome request.

Richie Havens is best known as the dude who filled 3 fucking hours at the beginning of Woodstock.  Better him than Liberace. He's been the voice of a generation and the voice of Maxwell House and Cotton, so it's good to cover all bases.

Neither Amphlett nor Havens had any EGOT credentials, but fuck that, you know their music and that's plenty.

Rest in peace dudes.

Song of the Day: "Brother in the Night"

If you told me that Seth Green was the lead singer in this group I wouldn't be surprised (after listening to it).

Would you?

Song: "Brother in the Night"
Artist: The Weeks

Punch yourself in the face

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Song of the Day: "She Changes the Weather"

Adorably shimmery to wonderfully rhythmic--nothing but love for this track from Swim Deep.

Not even a bitchy second paragraph which is unusual from me.

Song: "She Changes the Weather"
Artist: Swim Deep