I've been spinning two songs by The Clash consistently in the past few days, "Spanish Bombs" and "Train in Vain." I read the lyrics to "Spanish Bombs" and was surprised to find the chorus is sung in Spanish, a nice surprise for me. It reads as follows:
"Spanish bombs Yo te quiero infinito
Yo te quiero, oh mi corazon"
I want you forever
I want you, oh my love"
Sweet, huh? Check the video below, and notice the rapid strumming of Mr. Joe Strummer. That's the ground work for all your favorite punk rock bands.
The Clash - "Spanish Bombs" live
"Train in Vain" has a strong pop vibe while at the same time featuring the lyrics of a crestfallen narrator (a contrast we're all familiar with, I'm sure). As the story goes, it's all about her, but she wants nothing to do with him:
"Now I got a job
But it don't pay
I need new clothes
I need somewhere to stay
But without all these things I can do
But without your love I won't make it through"
Lovelorn indeed. Mick Jones is the singer of this song, and he looks damn cool on-stage. He kind of reminds me of Dave Grohl in this video (which is to say, Dave Grohl kind of reminds me of Mick Jones), except with cooler clothes. Watch and dance/cry.
I've been singing along to "The KKK Took My Baby Away" by the Ramones for the past few days, so I thought I'd post some videos here for my own amusement. Who knows, you may be interested in watching these as well.
Ramones - "The KKK Took My Baby Away"
Ramones - "The KKK Took My Baby Away" live Sweden
I posted two versions, the official music video and a live performance in Sweden, because they sound different from one another. I like the slower pace of the music video version, but I probably favor the Sweden performance, mostly because of Joey's vocals. Check out Dee Dee's crazy shaking in the Sweden video; he seems like he was a cool dude.
Also, for as fun and poppy as the song sounds, talk about some dark lyrics (and a dark music video - look at the hands clawing on the grass).
So I found myself in front of a scale yesterday and decided to weigh myself. Just like I thought I've put on a few pounds and am now up to about 138lb. Big jump up from the 135lb. I've been used to since high school. I've been feeling like taking a trip to the beach recently, maybe snapping some photos - I'll try waking up some friends soon to see what they think of the idea. It's time to go outside.
Today I was posting news, and I came across a video of Augustana performing their single "Sweet and Low" on Leno, which can be found below.
I listened to the song while posting the news bit, and it clicked instantly with me. I went on to listen to the song about seven times in a row while continuing to post news, and it led me to do something I haven't done in a while. I went on amazon.com, found the band's album Can't Love, Can't Hurt available for only $7.99, and bought it. Yep, AP.net: your new favorite band may be a click away. While I was at it I picked up Entourage Season Three, Part 1 and Northstar's Broken Parachute EP. I've recently gotten my roommates hooked on Vince and the gang, so they've been pushing me to buy the next season (I can't wait to show them the Vegas episode). And I've waited long enough to pick up Broken Parachute - Northstar are one of my favorite bands. Watch the video above. It's a fine performance.
I just finished writing up my final project for my Tolkien class, a short story outline /explanation following a band of hobbit archers. It came out to twelve pages - I can't remember the last time I put this much time into a paper. For the past few days I've done no work on AP.net, which is an odd feeling for me. Just about every day I do something here, whether it be approve a few user reviews, clean up the Entertainment forum, or something else. I'll probably be taking tomorrow off as well, because as a reward for kicking ass by getting this final project done in time, I'll be picking up Grand Theft Auto IV in a couple hours from Game Stop. So my plan for tomorrow is: turn final project in, play play play GTA IV. Hey, I can still be a video game geek when I want to be.
I promise I'll tear myself away from the 360 by Wednesday and come back strong though - no worries.
PS. Anyone else feeling giddy because of Jason's recent blog entries talking about the AP.net update? I know I am.
Grand Theft Auto IV is almost here, so I checked out IGN.com to see if they had put up their review of the game yet. This is what I saw, to which I believe I uttered an "oh, shit."
I don't think I've ever seen straight 10s from IGN.com, a site I've been visiting longer than AP.net, so this is historic. I'll save the written review until I'm playing the game, but I did just finish watching the video review (which features great editing and use of "Flashing Lights" at its start). Here are a few quotes from Hilary Goldstein, Editor-in-Chief of the IGN Xbox Team:
"GTA IV is the best game that I have played in the past 10 years."
"Living in that city with so much going on, it's a true feat, a true technical feat. Even if the single player wasn't that great, the multiplayer is enough to make GTA IV worth buying."
"It's been nearly a decade since IGN gave any game a 10, but there's a reason why that's changed now. GTA IV is simply one of the best games I've ever seen... As an entire package for only 60 bucks, whether you buy it on 360 or PS3, you're getting a game that is probably worth spending $300 on. It's certainly worth picking up, definitely the best in the series, and easily a contender for game of the year."
I've been waiting for this game since 2007, anticipating it as the game of the year. Looks like GTA IV will take the crown in 2008 instead.
I was browsing through Scrubs clips on youtube and happened upon one of my favorite show closers in the episode "My Brother, Where Art Thou?" In the episode JD's brother Dan (Thomas Cavanagh) is in town and finds his little brother shadowing the cynical attitude of his mentor Dr. Cox. Displeased with the change that's come over JD, Dan waits for Dr. Cox outside the hospital and delivers a damn good speech, with JD's voice-over working in perfectly.
So I was reading a game magazine on the can to pass the time (TMI?), and I stumbled upon a review of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates that had me chuckling. Crystal Chronicles seems to be the black sheep series of recent Final Fantasy titles, offering sub par quality with cutesy graphics as a cover. So this reviewer, Joe, ends his write-up by commenting on Ring of Fates' multiplayer mode. He goes on to close like so:
"Even so, [multiplayer is] a poor excuse to round up the gang. Presumably, the reason why your friends are your friends is because you share some common interests. Do some of those together instead."
-Game Informer 180
Sure, it's just another way of saying "don't bother with this game," but I like it.