Aug 242008
 
Cover of "Pikul"

Cover of Pikul

While making a routine examination of band websites looking for tour and other info, I noticed that the Silversun Pickups had an album called “Pikul” that I had never heard of before. I guess when we bought “Carnavas” I just assumed it was their only one and didn’t notice this EP released in 2005.

There are 5 songs, the first of which is Kissing Families which can be heard on their myspace. The first time I heard this song I knew who was playing, but I think even if I wouldn’t have known, I could have picked up on the fact that is was SSPU after the first few chords, because it sounded just so like them.

Another of my fav’s on this album is “Comeback Kid” which you can watch a video to right here:

We have been listening to Pikul a lot the last 2 weeks, its kind of like a treat to hold us over until the new album comes out.

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One of the things I love about Stephenie Meyer so much is that music makes a big contribution to her writing. She is then so kind as to share her playlists with us, so we can hear what songs and voices inspired her books. She also thanks the band Muse in more than one of her books for creating their beautiful music, as it has fueled her awesome writing even more. Since I love Muse *almost* as much as Billy Corgan, that kind of thing makes me all happy.

Not all of the bands on this list are held in my highest esteem though, some of them were never even considered for my own personal “Twilight” playlist, and while I am no expert in this, it would seem almost scientifically impossible for such fabulous writing to have been inspired by songs I feel such animosity towards. But I learned a long time ago that not everyone can share in my exact vision of what perfect music is :)

Breaking Dawn Playlist

Book I

* Beach Boys: Wouldn’t It Be Nice
* Billy Idol: White Wedding
* (INXS: Never Tear Us Apart)
* (Muse: Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You)
* Blue October: Congratulations
* Plain White T’s: Take Me Away
* Jack’s Mannequin: Dark Blue
* Coldplay: No More Keeping My Feet on the Ground
* Fuel: Hemorrhage

Book II

* Nine Inch Nails: Down In It
* Aerosmith: What it Takes
* Incubus: Earth to Bella (part 1)
* Interpol: No I in Threesome
* Korn: Twisted Transistor
* TV on the Radio: Wolf Like Me
* My Chemical Romance: The Sharpest Lives
* Motion City Soundtrack: Point of Extinction
* R.E.M.: Accelerate
* Blue October: My Never (song not released until March 2009)
* Jimmy Gnecco: Someone to Die For

Book III

* Smashing Pumpkins: Today
* Right Said Fred: I’m Too Sexy
* (Jimmy Eat World: Chase this Light)
* (Jackie Wilson: Your Love is Lifting Me Higher)
* Linkin Park: Pts. Of Athrty
* 3 Doors Down: Duck and Run
* Simon and Garfunkel: Hazy Shade of Winter
* Death Cab for Cutie: I Will Follow You Into the Dark
* Muse: Intro [Absolution]
* Muse: Take A Bow
* Muse: Assassin
* Ok Go: Invincible
* Travi: Safe
* Arcade Fire: No Cars Go

As much as I never wanted names like Linkin Park, Korn, Incubus, or Fuel to ever, EVER, make an appearance on this blog, I decided to give you the full (un-jen-edited) version. Stephenie’s site has a cool little player where you can listen to all of these songs if you like.

I was thrilled to see INXS’s “Never Tear Us Apart” because that was a favorite song for many years of my young life. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” by Muse was a new found treasure for me, and I have enjoyed it a bunch. NIN’s “Down in It” paints an accurate picture of the emotional pain taking place in the book, I have not listened to that song in years so it was fun to hear it again. TV on the Radio’s “Wolf Like Me” is the most perfect song for Jacob, plus I totally like that song, and I always dig a little My Chemical Romance.

FINALLY!!!! The Smashing Pumpkins made it on one of her playlists; and “Today” is one of the greatest songs ever, its also one of their most popular and being the fan that I am I wish one of their lesser known songs could have found it’s way to the list as well…perhaps “Eye” since that is such a hot sexy song, and so is the PG honeymoon scene in the book…but I’m still overjoyed for “Today.” Also, “Invinsible” by OK Go is such a perfect song for the end of Breaking Dawn, great song pick. I have not heard Coldplay’s “No More Keeping My Feet on the Ground,” but it gives me something fun to look forward to buying soon…(along with Block Party’s new album which I was so happy to read was released today).

If you really liked the books, you might enjoy seeing a few pictures from a little Breaking Dawn party my cousin had a couple weeks ago. You can see them on my lovely sister’s site. Enjoy!

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I was glancing through the archives of the hilarious blog “Stuff White People Like,” when I read this post on Indie Music and really wanted to share it with you all.

If you want to understand white people, you need to understand indie music. As mentioned before, white people hate anything that’s “mainstream” and are desperate to find things that are more genuine, unique, and reflective of their experiences.

Fortunately, they have independent music.

A white person’s iPod (formerly CD collection) is not merely an assemblage of music that they enjoy. It is what defines them as a person. They are always on the look out for the latest hot band that no one has heard of so that one day, they can hit it just right and be into a band BEFORE they are featured in an Apple commercial. To a white person, being a fan of a band before they get popular is one of the most important things they can do with their life. They can hold it over their friends forever!

Indie music also produces a lot of concerts, for which white people can attend and meet other white people. It’s especially useful, since they are attending the same concert, they both like the artist and can easily strike up a conversation that will flow from band at the show->other bands they like->where they went to/go to school->where to get the best vegan food in town->agreement to meet at said restaurant for awkward date.

It is worth noting that white people are expected to stay current with music and go to concerts well into their 40s. Unlike at dance or hip hop clubs, there are few stigmas attached to being the “old guy at the club.”

But BE WARNED, talking about Indie Music with white people is perhaps the most dangerous subject you touch upon. One false move and you will lose their respect and admiration forever. Here are some general rules

* Bands that have had their songs in an Apple ad are still marginally acceptable
* Bands that have had their songs in ads for other companies are not acceptable
* If you mention a band you like and the other person has heard of them, you lose. They own you. It is essential that you like the most obscure music possible.

Remember, popular artists can turn unpopular in a heartbeat (Ryan Adams, Bright Eyes, The Strokes), so you would be best to stick to the following statements: “I love the Arcade Fire,” “I still think the Montreal scene is the best in the world,” “I would die without Stereogum or Fluxblog“* and “Joanna Newsom is maybe the most original artist today.”

*-do not substitute Stereogum for Pitchfork, as this is one of those things that used to be cool, but is now not cool

Another possible topic for what white people like to do; complain about Billy Corgan :) .

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Jen's new Mew shirt.

 

Last year I got all crafty and made a Smashing Pumpkins hoodie, and I guess I’ve been bitten again (unfortunately that is not an Edward Cullen reference) because I made another band shirt

If you’re a fan, then you already know that is the Mew angel (my daughter will argue that its a bunny).  I’m getting pretty excited about the new album they have been working on, and I had to do something tangible to channel my energy through. 

Plus, I really like band shirts, but I don’t like how they fit me whenever I buy one.  Solution: go to the Gap and buy a shirt that fits you and feels good, then do your own thing.

For this shirt I ended up blowing up a copy of the angel, tracing it onto the shirt with a pencil and going over that with a fabric marker.  

So, love and good luck to Mew in their endeavors with the new album. 

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There are two things I have been wanting to post on this site for days, and just haven’t had the chance yet. Partly because I have been trying to get my life and house in perfect order because Stephenie Meyer’s new book “Breaking Dawn” comes out today and after 9:30 this morning (when the bookstore opens) I will be totally out of commission for days. Also, I have just been so busy having a blast this summer with my kids, I am a huge fan of the summer vacation.

First, I bought an EP album from the band Umbrellas, who i have loved for quite some time. They have some full length albums out as well that are very good, this EP was just new so i bought it. It is called “Beach Front Property” and has 4 beautiful Umbrellas style songs that are great like all their other stuff, and 1 very different kind of Umbrellas song called “Walking on Water.” It is my favorite. I think there is an accordion playing in it. It is playful, and ever so slightly dark, and inspires dancing (note: Tac did not marry me for my dancing skills). If you are an Umbrellas fan (Tyler Rice) you will love it, and if you don’t know Umbrellas yet, give them a try.

Second, Tac showed me something that had me laughing really hard and I was just so tickled when i realized it was technically music and therefore could be published in this blog. I should also explain that we have no satellite or cable, so this was new to me whereas it might be old news to you who have lots of channels. Its a show called “Flight of the Conchords.” Heres a little clip; have a great weekend!

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