Miniature Tigers - Tell It To The Volcano
An amazingly catchy and fun listen. A mixture of Copeland and Death Cab For Cutie with a sense of humor and a pop-optimism characteristic of Weezer or Vampire Weekend. Unlike many similar pop-rock acts they manage to make each song a unique listen.
Haven't written in this blog in forever but Jason's blog entry inspired me to also comment on the record. Fannnnntastic. What a treat it was to just lay in my bed with headphones on and be swept away to a fairytale world for an hour - piecing together an enchanting story, amazingly scored and conceptualized. Regardless of how the record fares in the eyes of critics and fans, I think the creators deserve a MAMMOTH sized pat on the back for shooting for something so ambitious.
As a huge fan of musicals and the AP.net genre of music I've always dreamed of combining the two. These guys beat me to it and I can't give them enough props. As a musical it pushes the genre, combining aspects of modern indie rock with classic instrumentation. Takes balls to try and make a genre historically referred to as "gay" into the next big thing. God bless creativity and ambition, thank you for projects like this, The Dear Hunter, and Coheed (who's new comic I also read today and am also fascinated by) that push music into new territories and remind us all that your imagination is always a wondrous and inspiring place to visit, at any age.
I am loving this game right now! I think Nintendo has really tapped into something special with their approach in the Nintendo DS and the Wii. People who like games like Trauma Center, Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero, and such should definitely pick up Elite Beat Agents. Nintendo is bringing gamers into the experience like never before and introducing a whole new style of interactivity and hand-eye coordination. I couldn't believe my eyes when my 14 year old brother sat in front of our television and performed surgery in Trauma Center on Wii for hours straight. Who woulda thought?
Anyway, if you're the type of person who drums on anything they can find when listening to music or has to move some part of their body to the beat, then you've gotta grab Elite Beat Agents and have yourself a good time. The animations are hilarious, the storyline is pure unabashed fun, and the gameplay is smooth and intuitive. And trust me, it's challenging - but oh so enjoyable, and you'll soon be rocking to that elite beat for hours on end.
I think summer flings are the essence of being alive, in a nutshell. If you can come home from school, and find yourself a cute girl who just wants to smile and have fun over the summer, I think you've tapped yourself into heaven.
This is going to sound stupid but summer romance is easily one of my top five experiences in life. There's some combination of the sunshine, the free time, the beach/pool experiences, the fleeting ephemeral moments, the loud music, the warm nights, the light clothing, drinking outdoors... all of it, it makes my heart race. Flirting, sexuality, youth, dusk, and summer. They were made for eachother.
Last summer it was a semi-secret romance with the perhaps the most beautiful girl I've ever had the chance to kiss, and The Spill Canvas soundtracked it perfectly. Every time I hear One Fell Swoop now, I can feel this girl in my veins, coursing through me. God damn it, I love when music does that. And even though it breaks my heart to a slight extent, since it's another moment past and all, it fills me up with life, virility, and desire... desire to feel that way again.
This summer started with a clandestine kiss, which I expected to become another undercover tryst (obviously, I was overjoyed). Yet thus far, it seems this secret was too tough to keep and led to difficulty and complexity rather that the electrifying thrill of a stealthy affair. Well, what can you do? Maybe it didn't work because I can't find a good summer fling record this time around hahaha. I'm trying so hard, and I think I might just have to settle for Dashboard, since the lyrics are perfect. It just doesn't infect me like One Fell Swoop. Either way, consider me fling-less as of now.
However, last night, during an interweb convo with the girl who I've had a crush on since high school (she is adorable, and untouchable... why do I always fall for the untouchables?), there was a glimmer of flirtacious hinting in some things she said. Somewhere inside of me, I felt the striking of a match, and the slightest, most poor excuse for a flame was rekindled. I want her, I want the heat of the summer, I want it to burn us alive while we're still young, beautiful, and passionate. This summer isn't over by a long shot...
Don't know if anyone around here cares at all but the 2006 Tony Award Nominations have been announced. I'm a huge fan of musical theatre, as it is one of the best places to look to find music actually being utilized as art, with an audience that is very critical, and a medium that requires proficient skill. You won't find more emotion, creativity, story, or passion in almost any other genre of music.
Anybody have feelings on this? Either way, the Tony nods (only musical-related).
I've italicized who I want, and underlined who I think will win:
Jersey Boys The Color Purple The Drowsy Chaperone
The Wedding Singer
Best Book of a Musical
Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy The Wedding Singer Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice Jersey Boys
Bob Martin and Don McKellar The Drowsy Chaperone
Marsha Norman The Color Purple
Best Revival of a Musical
The Pajama Game Sweeney Todd
The Threepenny Opera
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre Music & Lyrics: Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison The Drowsy Chaperone
Music & Lyrics: Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, Stephen Bray The Color Purple
Music: Matthew Sklar Lyrics: Chad Beguelin The Wedding Singer Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: David Zippel The Woman in White
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Michael Cerveris, Sweeney Todd Harry Connick, Jr., The Pajama Game
Stephen Lynch, The Wedding Singer
Bob Martin, The Drowsy Chaperone
John Lloyd Young, Jersey Boys
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical La Chanze, The Color Purple
Sutton Foster, The Drowsy Chaperone Patti LuPone, Sweeney Todd
Kelli O'Hara, The Pajama Game
Chita Rivera, Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
Danny Burstein The Drowsy Chaperone
Jim Dale The Threepenny Opera
Brandon Victor Dixon The Color Purple
Manoel Felciano Sweeney Todd Christian Hoff Jersey Boys
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical Carolee Carmello Lestat
Felicia P. Fields The Color Purple
Megan Lawrence The Pajama Game Beth Leavel The Drowsy Chaperone
Elisabeth Withers-Mendes The Color Purple
Best Direction of a Musical John Doyle Sweeney Todd
Kathleen Marshall The Pajama Game
Des McAnuff Jersey Boys
Casey Nicholaw The Drowsy Chaperone
Best Choreography Rob Ashford The Wedding Singer Donald Byrd The Color Purple
Kathleen Marshall The Pajama Game
Casey Nicholaw The Drowsy Chaperone
Larry Blank The Drowsy Chaperone
Dick Lieb and Danny Troob The Pajama Game
Steve Orich Jersey Boys Sarah Travis Sweeney Todd
Best Scenic Design of a Musical John Lee Beatty The Color Purple
David Gallo The Drowsy Chaperone
Derek McLane The Pajama Game
Klara Zieglerova Jersey Boys